Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny located in Siberian penal colony after disappearance

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has been located at a penal colony in Siberia, his team said, two weeks after losing contact with him. Navalny is now held in the IK-3 penal colony in the settlement of Kharp in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. His lawyer visited him, stating that he is “doing well.”

Navalny’s disappearance sparked concerns about his safety and well-being, as he was absent from scheduled court hearings. He had been imprisoned in a penal colony east of Moscow before being transferred to the harsh conditions of the “Polar Wolf” colony in Kharp, known for its remoteness and special regime in the permafrost zone. In January 2021, Navalny was immediately incarcerated upon returning to Russia on charges of probation violation related to his 2013 fraud case.

He is serving a 19-year sentence on various charges including creating an extremist community, financing extremist activities, and other crimes. However, Navalny’s supporters claim his arrest is a politically motivated attempt to stop his criticism of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

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