MOSCOW: Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Tuesday (Dec 26) confirmed his arrival at what he described as a snow-swept jail above the Arctic Circle and stated he was in wonderful spirits regardless of a tiring 20-day journey to get there.
Navalny posted an replace on X through his legal professionals after his allies misplaced contact with him for greater than two weeks whereas he was in transit with no details about the place he was being taken, prompting expressions of concern from Western politicians.
His spokeswoman stated on Monday that Navalny, 47, had been tracked right down to the IK-3 penal colony north of the Arctic Circle situated in Kharp within the Yamal-Nenets area about 1,900km northeast of Moscow.
“I’m your new Father Frost,” Navalny wrote jokingly in his first put up from his new jail, a reference to the cruel climate circumstances there.
“Effectively, I now have a sheepskin coat, an ushanka hat (a fur hat with ear-covering flaps), and shortly I’ll get valenki (conventional Russian winter footwear).
“The 20 days of the switch had been fairly tiring, however I am nonetheless in a wonderful temper, as Father Frost must be.”
Navalny’s new house, generally known as “the Polar Wolf” colony, is taken into account to be one of many hardest prisons in Russia. Most prisoners there have been convicted of grave crimes. Winters are harsh – and temperatures are as a consequence of drop to round minus 28 Celsius (minus 18.4 Fahrenheit) there over the subsequent week.
About 60 km (40 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, the jail was based within the Nineteen Sixties as a part of what was as soon as the GULAG system of pressured Soviet labour camps, in response to the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
Navalny, who thanked his supporters and everybody else for his or her concern about his welfare throughout his lengthy switch, stated he had seen guards with machineguns and guard canine and had gone for a stroll within the train space which he stated was situated in a neighbouring cell, the ground of which he stated was lined with snow.
In any other case, he stated he had simply seen the perimeter fence out of a cell window.
“Anyway, don’t fret about me. I am positive. I am awfully glad I lastly made it right here,” stated Navalny.