Navalny received a warning for creating a “trade union” in the colony

Alexei Navalny, who is serving a term in a strict regime colony, announced the creation of a “trade union of convicts and jailers”, which so far has included only himself. The prison administration issued him a warning

Alexei Navalny (on screen)

Oppositionist Alexei Navalny, who is serving a sentence in a strict regime colony, received a warning from its administration “for creating a trade union,” according to the website of the Kovrov City Court of the Vladimir Region.

In June, Navalny sent a notice to the head of the correctional colony that he had established and joined the trade union «Promzona». On August 4, the oppositionist was warned “about the inadmissibility of actions that create conditions for the commission of an administrative offense,” the court said.

Navalny considered this warning illegal and filed an administrative lawsuit. It was handed over to the judge for consideration.

In February 2021, the court appointed Navalny a real term in the Yves Rocher case. and sent him to a general regime colony in Pokrov. In June of this year, the oppositionist was transferred to a strict regime colony in Melekhovo, Vladimir Region. This happened due to the fact that his verdict in another case came into force— about fraud. The oppositionist was sentenced to nine years in a strict regime colony. The court also sentenced him to one year and eight months of restriction of freedom and a fine of 1.2 million rubles. The punishment was imposed taking into account his past convictions for fraud and slander against a veteran.

The day before, on August 11, Navalny announced that he had created a “trade union of prisoners and jailers” in the colony. A message about this appeared on Instagram (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) of the oppositionist.

According to Navalny, the administration considers this trade union illegal: because of the trade union, he was “daily called to the disciplinary commission”; and give reprimands, and then handed out a “warning of an impending crime.” So far, Navalny noted, one person is a member of the trade union— he himself.

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