Alexei Navalny fears he will be sent to 'torture-like' solitary confinement after he was reprimanded for 'waking up ten minutes too early' and 'wearing a T-shirt' at Russian prison

 Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he could be locked up in solitary confinement after being accused of numerous minor infractions in prison. 

Navalny, 44, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for violating his parole in a 2014 fraud case.

In a post to Instagram, uploaded via his lawyers, on Monday, Navalny shared the first picture of himself from prison - a grainy image showing his head had been shaved.  


The fate of Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent and best-organised critics, is in focus after he said on Thursday that being woken up by a guard every hour during the night amounted to torture and that his appeal for treatment for acute back and leg pain had been ignored.

More than 20 medical professionals on Sunday published an open letter demanding the 44-year-old opposition politician get proper care.

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he could be locked up in solitary confinement after being accused of numerous minor infractions in prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he could be locked up in solitary confinement after being accused of numerous minor infractions in prison

Navalny, 44, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for violating his parole in a 2014 fraud case at the IK-2 corrective penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow [File photo]

Navalny, 44, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for violating his parole in a 2014 fraud case at the IK-2 corrective penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow [File photo]

'We fear for the worst. Leaving a patient in this condition ... may lead to severe consequences, including an irreversible, full or partial loss of lower limb functions,' the letter said.

Prison authorities, after examining Navalny last week, declared his condition to be stable and satisfactory. The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on the medics' letter.

Navalny on Monday, via his lawyers and Instagram, posted the first picture of himself from prison.

It showed a grainy head and shoulders image of him with a shaved head. Wearing a prison uniform, he was pictured standing in front of a height chart.

He said in the same post he had been given six reprimands in the space of two weeks at the IK-2 corrective penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow. Two reprimands are technically enough to be sent to a punishment cell, he said.

The minor infractions Navalny (pictured) was deemed to have committed included getting out of his bed 10 minutes before the official order to do so, refusing exercise and an 'idiotic' video lecture, and wearing a T-shirt in a meeting with his lawyers, he said [File photo]

The minor infractions Navalny (pictured) was deemed to have committed included getting out of his bed 10 minutes before the official order to do so, refusing exercise and an 'idiotic' video lecture, and wearing a T-shirt in a meeting with his lawyers, he said [File photo]


'It's an unpleasant joke,' Navalny wrote. 'The conditions there [in solitary] are close to torture.'

Minor infractions he was deemed to have committed included getting out of his bed 10 minutes before the official order to do so, refusing exercise and an 'idiotic' video lecture, and wearing a T-shirt in a meeting with his lawyers, he said.

The reprimands mean that Navalny is no longer eligible for early parole, his lawyers said last Thursday. 

The prison did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters news agency for comment.

The prison camp outside the Vladimir region town of Pokrov is infamous for psychological isolation and harsh conditions for inmates.  

Navalny was jailed last month for two and a half years on charges he called politically motivated. 

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He was arrested as he returned to Russia from Germany in January, where he had been recovering from what doctors said was poisoning with a nerve agent.

The West, including the European Court of Human Rights, has demanded that Russia release Navalny. 

But Moscow has rubbished such appeals as unacceptable interference in its internal affairs.

Navalny's allies last week announced plans to stage what they hope will be the biggest anti-Kremlin street protest in modern Russian history. 

As of Monday, just over 355,000 people had registered online to take part. A date has yet to be set.

The authorities have said such protests are illegal.

A Navalny ally alleged on Monday that police had detained his father in an attempt to pressure him over his opposition activities. 

The West, including the European Court of Human Rights, has demanded that Russia release Navalny. But Moscow has rubbished such appeals as unacceptable interference in its internal affairs. Pictured: People attend a rally in support of Navalny on February 14 in St. Petersburg

The West, including the European Court of Human Rights, has demanded that Russia release Navalny. But Moscow has rubbished such appeals as unacceptable interference in its internal affairs. Pictured: People attend a rally in support of Navalny on February 14 in St. Petersburg

Alexei Navalny fears he will be sent to 'torture-like' solitary confinement after he was reprimanded for 'waking up ten minutes too early' and 'wearing a T-shirt' at Russian prison Alexei Navalny fears he will be sent to 'torture-like' solitary confinement after he was reprimanded for 'waking up ten minutes too early' and 'wearing a T-shirt' at Russian prison Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 07:48 Rating: 5

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