According to former prisoners and prisoner’s rights activists, Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny (Alexey Navalny) has been sent to a prison, which is known as an extremely harsh and frightening place, and prisoners suffer Huge psychological pressure.
Last month, Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for violating the 2014 fraud charge, which has been condemned internationally as politically motivated. He was arrested after returning to Russia after being poisoned by a nerve agent that was almost fatal.
Navani was transferred from a Moscow detention facility to a prison colony last week, and officials have yet to reveal where he is. However, Russian state media reported on Monday that Navani is currently in a prison in the Vladimirskaya region, about 60 miles east of Moscow.
The United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment on Tuesday against several senior Russian officials, including the head of the Russian prison department and its attorney general. The Biden administration also stated that it is restricting certain forms of cooperation with the Russian aerospace industry.
Pyotr Kuryanov, a lawyer for the NGO Foundation for the Defense of Prisoners’ Rights, told ABC News that the prison where Navani was sent to the prison was the second one located in the village of Pokrov. A criminal colony.
Former prisoners in the prison said that although they did not expect Navalny to be beaten or physically tortured in prison, because he was a high-profile prisoner, they believed that he would be stressed and isolated, which amounted to “psychological torture.” “
“No one would beat or torture him,” said Vladimir Pereverzin, who spent two years in prison ten years ago. “But they will destroy him psychologically.”
Pereverzin was a former manager of the oil company Yukos, which was owned by oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was sentenced to more than ten years in prison for fraud. Most observers Think that this is the retribution of trying to challenge President Vladimir Putin politically. As part of the case against Yukos and Khodorkovsky, Pereverzin was sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzling public funds.
Although the Russian penal colony has improved, it is still established along the Gulag camp established in the 1930s. The prison is made up of military camps. There are dozens of prisoners inside. They sleep in rows of bunks, surrounded by high walls and covered with razors.
Prisoners need to work long shifts, often sewing clothes, and the situation is reported to be very serious. However, former prisoners and campaign activists said that the second criminal colony was characterized by the exhausting control and disciplinary actions allegedly imposed on prisoners.
From the outside, “it seems that all other refugee camps are the same,” Kuryanov said. “But in this camp, the administrators artificially created an unbearable atmosphere, so they must live every day, every day, every month, every year.”
In fact, former prisoners claim that this means that prisoners will be subject to near-constant inspections and forced to continue to abide by trivial government rules, making them constantly afraid of being punished. Violations may include missing buttons or inability to say hello.
According to some accounts of former prisoners published online, it is reported that ordinary new prisoners have experienced severe temptation and were beaten by guards and prisoners working for the government. Almost every moment of the prisoner’s time was recorded, and the guards allegedly often made them participate in meaningless repetitive exercises designed to bring them down, such as being asked to repeat their names and crimes over and over again or being forced to stand for hours. Dmitry Dyomushkin, a nationalist activist, spent time in the camp with his head down, told the Russian media.
Dyomushkin told Moscow’s Echo radio station: “There, it won’t fly even if there are no flies.
In criminal colonies, it is usually the prisoners themselves that maintain discipline, whether it is the prisoner working with the guards or the leader of the criminal gang. The colony operated by the prisoners in cooperation with the authorities is called the “red zone” in Russian criminal language.
In the penal colony. In second place, it is said that an experienced person established a strong relationship between the government and the collaborating prisoners, allowing the prison director to fully control the prisoners.
“This is the hottest thing,” Maria Eismont, an activist’s lawyer, was sentenced in 2019. He told the opposition news site Open Media. She said: “There, everything is to isolate political prisoners.” She accused other prisoners of being forbidden to talk to her client.
Dyomoshkin said that even though he was trapped in a crowded barracks, he still faced similar tactics, and he spent months not talking to anyone.
According to reports, guards often push other prisoners to prisoners to make prisoners’ lives unbearable. The former prisoner said that the guards would tell some prisoners that other prisoners were responsible for being denied collective privileges.
Pereverzin said that when he was in prison, the pressure became so great that he cut on his stomach with a razor, forcing the guards to transfer him to another barracks.
Pereverzin said, “There is nothing good there.” “You feel completely helpless.”