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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Opponent of the Russian regime Alexei Navalny was transferred from prison where he was to an unknown location, said lawyer Olga Mikhailova.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was transferred this Thursday from the prison where he has been incarcerated since he was detained when he returned to Russia in mid-January to a unknown location, the lawyer said.

“They didn’t tell anyone where they transferred him,” Olga Mikhailova told France-Presse (AFP), suggesting that Navalny, 44, may have been transferred to another penitentiary to serve the rest of the two and a half year prison sentence.

Last week, Russian justice confirmed the opponent’s sentence in a fraud case dating from 2014, a decision that Navalny, several Western countries and numerous non-governmental organizations denounced as “politics”.

Navalny was detained on January 17, after returning from Germany, where he remained for almost five months recovering from poisoning, with the opponent accusing the Kremlin.

Leonid Volkov, a collaborator close to Navalny, said this Thursday through Twitter that the Russian opponent’s family was not informed about where they transferred you to.

“I recall, once again, that due to a binding decision by the European Court of Human Rights, Alexei Navalny must be released immediately,” he added.

The opponent’s detention triggered in Russia a series of manifestations, with authorities responding to the arrest of more than 100,000 people.

Most of Navalny’s employees remain in detention. Last week, Navalny was also fined for defaming a World War II veteran, pending the outcome of several other lawsuits, including a fraud investigation, punishable by 10 years in prison.

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