MOSCOW, February 27 – RIA Novosti. A member of the Moscow POC, Eva Merkacheva, could not confirm to RIA Novosti the information about Alexei Navalny's transfer to a colony in the Vladimir region and noted that confirmation from the FSIN could be received only after the prisoner himself notifies his relatives.
Earlier, the Yarnovosti portal reported, citing a source in the FSIN system, that Navalny was taken to a pre-trial detention center in Kolchugino, from where he was to be transferred to a general regime correctional colony No. 2 in Pokrov.
“IK-2 is really very suitable for Alexei Navalny, but I cannot officially confirm it. Because only a prisoner can tell his relatives where he was placed,” Merkacheva said.
The human rights activist added that in order to notify relatives, there are several options: the prisoner can be given a call from the colony, but he must have a SIM card, or he can write a letter to relatives (on average, it takes a week), but it happens that everything happens much faster.
“That is, everything depends on Navalny's initiative. As soon as he decides to notify his relatives, then the FSIN will be able to comment on where he is placed,” Merkacheva added.
On February 25, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev told RIA Novosti that Navalny was transported from the special block of the Moscow SIZO-1 Matrosskaya Tishina. Where exactly Navalny was sent, the defenders were not told.
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow ruled to cancel Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with 3.5 years in a general regime colony. The FSIN insisted on this – according to the department, he repeatedly violated the conditions of the probationary period and was put on the wanted list before his arrest.
The Yves Rocher case was initiated by the Investigative Committee at the request of the then head of the company's representative office in Russia, French citizen Bruno Leproux. As the court established, Navalny and his brother Oleg deceived the representatives of Yves Rocher to conclude an agreement for the transportation of mail with the Glavnaya Subscription Agency company, which they had created. Services, according to the verdict, were provided at inflated rates and by another transport company. The total damage, according to the RF IC, exceeded 30 million rubles: 26 million were stolen from Yves Rocher, the rest from the Interregional Processing Company, which, according to the investigation, became another object of fraud.