MOSCOW, 15 March – RIA Novosti. Alexei Navalny confirmed in his Instagram account that he is in correctional colony No. 2 “Pokrov” in the Vladimir region.
Last week, the blogger, who was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the Yves Rocher case, was taken from the pre-trial detention center in Kolchugino, but it was not revealed to which colony. On Monday, from the document of the 235th Garrison Military Court, published on social networks by the defense, it became known that the convict was transferred to the Pokrovsky colony.
“Hello everyone from” Sector of enhanced control A “,” – said in the message, while Navalny writes – “here, in IK-2” Pokrov “”.
“I haven’t seen any violence or even a hint of it yet,” the blogger writes and adds: “I don’t even remember a place where everyone talks so politely and, in a sense, friendly.”
According to the law, a convict in a colony does not have the opportunity to post on social networks, but he can transfer texts for publication through lawyers.
Earlier today, Navalny's lawyer Vadim Kobzev told RIA Novosti that he and his colleagues had already arrived at the colony in Pokrov, although at that time it was not reliably known that the blogger was being held there.
“Today we met with him … He is in a quarantine cell, there are six people,” said lawyer Olga Mikhailova. She clarified that Navalny will stay in quarantine for two weeks.
According to the established practice, before being transferred to a colony, convicts are placed in a pre-trial detention center in quarantine – last week a blogger sentenced to 3.5 years in a colony in the Yves Rocher case was taken from a pre-trial detention center in Kolchugino, Vladimir region, but to which colony in the region was revealed. According to the verdict, Navalny must serve time in a general regime colony, there are two of them in the Vladimir region: No. 2 in the city of Pokrov and No. 5 in Vladimir. Today, from the document of the 235th Garrison Military Court, published on social networks by the defense, it became known that the convict was transferred to the Pokrovsky colony.
Officially, the FSIN does not comment on the situation, noting that it has no right to disclose the place of serving the sentence to anyone except relatives.
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. Subsequently, the Moscow City Court approved this decision.
In addition, Navalny must pay 850 thousand rubles for defamation of the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko. The defense appealed the verdict, the appeal will have to be considered by the Babushkinsky Court of Moscow. Whether Navalny himself will participate in the meeting in person or by video link, the court will decide.
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 tricked the representatives of Yves Rocher into concluding an agreement on mail transportation 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.