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European Union: Widespread torture in Navalny prison

European Union: Widespread torture in Navalny prison

Alexei Navalny is pictured at a digital trial against him on January 11, 2024. Photo: VERA SAVINA / AFP / NTB

The word “torture” was used 47 times in the 28-page EU indictment.

On Monday, the European Union approved the implementation Penalties Against several Russian prison directors and judges involved in the Navalny case, Reuters wrote on Monday evening.

It occurs the day after Vladimir Putin is re-elected president with 87% of the vote in a disputed election.

European Union observer I have seen the draft of the new sanctions list after the death of Alexei Navalny on February 16. They write that there are penalties for more than 30 people.

The Kremlin critic was first arrested in Moscow before being sent to two different penal camps. Directors in all prisons must be on the list.

The list does not mention Putin, although the European Union had previously directly accused the Russian leader of Navalny’s death in previous statements. It also does not clarify whether Navalny was directly killed or killed due to harsh prison conditions, the EU observer wrote.

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The photo is from the penal camp in the Yamal-Nenets region, where Alexei Navalny died. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters/NTB

It says that both the “punishment chief” and the chief doctor at the recent concentration camp, where Navalny died, are on the EU list.

The names are expected to be announced within a few days.

FSB agents attempted to kill Navalny by poisoning early in August 2020. After being hospitalized in Berlin and recovering, he chose to return to Russia in January 2021, knowing he would be imprisoned.

Among the methods of torture mentioned in the report are “deprivation of medical treatment, beatings, isolation for long periods, and deprivation of food,” as well as “injection with unknown substances.”

On Monday, Vladimir Putin participated in a celebration held in Red Square marking the tenth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Photograph: Alexander Zemlyanichenko/AP/NTB

The EU report also mentioned “inhumane living conditions” and “preventing hot water and clothing in winter,” with temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees in this region of the Arctic, the EU observer said.

Navalny had spent a long period in the “punishment cells” of the penal colony where he was located before he was transferred to the North Pole in December 2023.

She added, “The director of the federal prison issued personal orders to limit the amount of food that Navalny was allowed to buy during his stay in the penal camp.”

Russian matryoshka dolls with Russian/Soviet leaders – from left: Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonid Brezhnev. Photography: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/NTB

According to the European Union, this person was later promoted to major general following Putin's decree a few days after Navalny's death.

Vladimir Putin confirmed on Sunday, after his election victory, that he was involved in a possible exchange of Alexei Navalny with Russians arrested in the West.

Independent Russian media an agency He wrote that Putin discussed this matter just hours before the Kremlin critic's death.

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Putin is said to have held a personal meeting with former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who has in several contexts taken on the role of negotiator. A source claims to Agenstvo that Putin called for an exchange of views at this meeting.

Well-known investigative journalist Christo Grozev claimed that this was only to cover up the murder plans.

Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (in military uniform) and Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. Rumors are circulating in Russia that Yevmenov has been dismissed from the post of Navy Commander. Photograph: Mikhail Klementiev/AFP/NTB

Navalny's former close colleague Maria Pevchikh and several media outlets had previously written that Navalny should be replaced by the “bicycle killer” in Berlin's Tiergarten, Vadim Krasikov, who was sentenced to life in prison in Germany.

Krasikov supposedly belongs to one of Putin's secret services and is therefore of great value to the regime in the Kremlin. According to independent media Medusa Is he an officer in the Federal Security Service, the same place that Putin headed at the time?

Navalny's widow, Yulia Navalnaya, said Putin was responsible for the man's death. A number of Western leaders have stated this. The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, had stated that Navalny died naturally. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Sunday denied Navalnaya's accusations.

43 countries, including Norway, have it Independent wanted International scrutiny of Navalny's death in penal camp.

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell suggested naming EU sanctions for human rights violations after Navalny. There are about 80 people and organizations on this list.