Russia’s opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been taken to solitary confinement for the ninth time during his time in prison in the Vladimir region. Navalny spent exactly 24 hours in his regular cell, the politician said via his Telegram channel.
“My latest break from the punishment cell didn’t last long — exactly one day. I was released on Monday, and then locked up again yesterday,” Navalny wrote.
The prison administration sent the opposition figure to solitary confinement for 12 days for “using the word ‘fuck’ in conversation with his cellmate”.
It is the ninth time that Navalny is punished with this measure, he has been in solitary confinement almost permanently since August.
The first time Navalny said he had been sent to solitary confinement was on 15 August. According to him, that was punishment for “regularly unbuttoning the top button of his prison robe” while in the industrial zone. The second time was on 24 August — for “3 seconds of hands not behind his back”.
The third time was on 30 August, the morning after he was released from his previous stint in solitary confinement. The fourth time was on 7 September, for 15 days.
The fifth time was on 23 September, for “speaking out against mobilisation” during a court session. The sixth time was on 11 October, for “refusing to wash a fence”.
The seventh time was on 1 November, for “sweeping the exercise yard poorly”. The eighth time was prompted by a “uniform violation”.