Opposition leader Alexei Navalny Pokrovov, a prisoner of opposition in Russia, has come under pressure from the prison administration, and other prisoners have been forced to take part in the events, two former prisoners told Dozhj.
According to Nariman Osmanov, the prison unit where he and other Dozhj interlocutors Yevgeny Burak was sentenced was set up specifically for Navalny’s detention.
All the prisoners in this unit have been instructed not to talk to Navalny and to record his every move, Osmanov said.
There were at least ten prisoners next to Navalny at all times, who even followed him to the toilet, Burak said.
The prisoners have provoked Navalny in various ways, trying to get a politician to hit one of them. However, Navalny has not succumbed to these provocations.
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A film was shown in prison to compromise Navalny in the eyes of prisoners.
“This lecture is given throughout the institution. The point is that he has a non-traditional orientation, “said Osmanov.
When Navalni went on hunger strike, a man with alleged tuberculosis was housed next to him in a cell. However, it was a staging.
One day on a hunger strike, workers on the farm brought a “half bag of sausages” and began cooking them to break Navalny, Osmanov said.
He was not allowed to sleep after Navalny returned from the prison hospital.
In the cell next to the bed is a prisoner who “made different sounds” all the time.
All this happened on the order of the prison management, Osmanov pointed out.
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When Navalny went to see lawyers, the staff of the prison department and the prisoners told them how they had treated the politician, the former prisoner added.
Navalny was ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20 last year, and was unconsciously taken to Omsk Hospital with symptoms of poisoning.
On August 22, Navalni was transferred from Russia to Germany, where he was treated by the Charite Clinic of the University of Berlin. On 2 September, Germany stated that indisputable evidence had been obtained that Navalny had been poisoned by a nerve-paralyzing warfare substance belonging to the Novichok group. This conclusion has also been confirmed by laboratories in France and Sweden, as well as by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Navalni believes that behind his poisoning stands the Kremlin, which has repeatedly denied it.
After returning from Germany, Navalny was detained on January 17 at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.
On February 2, Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence imposed on him in 2014 while receiving treatment in Germany.