Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is being held in custody, has been transferred to a cell with space for only one person, according to a message on his Instagram account.
Navalny had been placed in a cell in individual confinement, also known as a “punishment cell”, on November 1, but could only be there for 15 days, according to the released message.
He considered that the space of his new confinement is “a regular cramped cell, like a punishment one, with the exception that one can have not one but two books, and use the prison kiosk, albeit on a very limited budget. “.
46-year-old Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, is serving a nine-year sentence in a maximum-security prison 250 kilometers east of Moscow.
He was arrested in January 2021, upon his return from Germany, where he was recovering from poisoning for which the Kremlin blames.
At the time, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for violating parole, and this year he received another nine-year sentence for fraud and contempt of court.
Navalny dismissed the allegations as politically motivated – in what Western states support – and called them an attempt by Russian authorities to keep him behind bars and out of politics for as long as they can.
Before his most recent prison sentence, Navalny was the main force behind an anti-corruption website, where alleged malpractices by members of the main Russian decision-making circles were exposed.