In one other outrageous verdict, a Russian court docket on March 5, ordered detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to pay 500,000 rubles in damages to a lawsuit filed by Kremlin-linked entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin. In December final 12 months, Prigozhin had filed a number of lawsuits in opposition to Navalny and his allies accusing them of defamation.
In the meantime, the decision has attracted the ire of his supporters, who’ve referred to as the persecution of the leaders a focused transfer to cripple their actions. Russian authorities, nonetheless, denied these expenses. Prigozhin has been accused of meddling with the 2016 US Presidential Polls and is at the moment beneath sanctions by the European Union and the US. Beforehand, the entrepreneur was additionally termed as ‘Putin’s chef’ due to his eating places and catering companies that hosted dinners which Vladimir Putin attended with international dignitaries.
Russia’s opposition chief Alexei Navalny was transferred to a ‘infamous’ penal colony outdoors Moscow in Kolchugino positioned within the Vladimir area, Russia’s state-run information company RIA-Novosti stated, citing Moscow’s Public Monitoring Fee (ONK) that displays prisoners. Navalny shall be held at IK-2 penal camp in detention centre-3 to serve jail time he was handed for embezzlement case by a makeshift court docket within the Babuskinsky district, legal professional Vadim Kobzev added.
The detention facility the place Navalny is being despatched is a spot the place ’political criminals’ are subjected to frequent and harsh torturous acts till they “finally break down”, Kobzev stated, slamming the Russian administration for exercising power to squash dissident voices like Navalny’s and transferring him to the Pokrov IK-2 jail.
Positioned roughly 3 hours from the principle metropolis, the correctional facility in Vladimir is famend for cruelty and psychological abuse in opposition to inmates, sources of Russia’s Moscow Instances alleged. IK-2 is a very lawless zone, a lawyer on the Russian inmates’ human rights safety group, Pyotr Kuryanov was additional quoted saying. He informed the publication that the jail is thought for all types of sadistic practises in opposition to inmates for a very long time and Navalny might be subjected to psychological and bodily abuse.