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Navalny Reportedly Transferred From Prison To Unknown Location.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on screens via video link from the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov during a court hearing to consider an appeal against his prison sentence in Moscow on May 24.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on screens via video link from the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov during a court hearing to consider an appeal against his prison sentence in Moscow on May 24.

An associate of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says the Kremlin critic has been transferred from his penal colony to an unknown location.

"Aleksei Navalny was taken away from the Correctional Colony No.2. His lawyer, who wanted to see him, was held in the reception area until 2 p.m., and then told: 'We do not have such an inmate here. We do not know where Aleksei is now and what penitentiary he is being transferred to,'" Navalny's press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Twitter.

Navalny was expected to be transferred to a penal colony with harsher conditions after the Moscow City Court rejected his appeal in May against a new nine-year jail term he was handed in March on embezzlement and contempt charges.

He was already serving another prison term in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov, some 200 kilometers east of Moscow, from a separate case.

He has previously said he may be transferred to a notorious prison where inmates are reported to have been tortured.

The outspoken foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his supporters have rejected all charges against him, calling them politically motivated.

Navalny was arrested in January last year upon his arrival to Moscow from Germany, where he had been treated for a poison attack with what European labs defined as a Soviet-style nerve agent.

He was then handed a 2.5-year prison sentence for violating the terms of an earlier parole because of his convalescence abroad. The original conviction is widely regarded as a trumped-up, politically motivated case.

Navalny has blamed Putin for his poisoning with a Novichok-style chemical substance. The Kremlin has denied any role in the attack.

International organizations consider Navalny a political prisoner. The European Union, U.S. President Joe Biden, and other international officials have demanded Russian authorities release the 45-year-old politician.

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