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Vladimir Ombudswoman: Alexei Navalny’s Rights are not Violated in Prison

Lyudmila Romanova addressed the Legislative Assembly

On April 28, Lyudmila Romanova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Vladimir region, read excerpts from her annual report on her activities in 2020 to the Legislative Assembly, after which deputies asked her questions.

The head of the Socialist party (КПСС) faction, Ivan Altukhov, asked Romanova about the situation of Alexei Navalny, who is serving his sentence in penal colony № 2 in Pokrov. The ombudsman stressed that she monitors on a daily basis what is happening “with our prisoner, who is receiving attention not only from the Russian media, but also from foreign media.”

“I have made repeated requests to the Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Vladimir region. We are in close contact with the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, we exchange information. As of today, I can say that Alexei Navalny’s rights have not been violated,” replied Ludmila Romanova.

The Vladimir Ombudsman added that she has always advocated that the court’s verdict should limit the prisoners’ right to liberty, but the rest of their rights should be strictly adhered to. And not only in relation to Navalny, but to the other six thousand convicts currently serving their sentences in the Vladimir region.

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