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Imprisoned Putin critic Alexey Navalny is living in isolation that is ‘purely psychological torture’, says his daughter

The daughter of imprisoned Putin critic Alexey Navalny has said her father suffered “purely psychological torture” while in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in Russia.

During an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto that aired on Monday, Dasha Navalnaya detailed the harrowing living conditions Navalny faces after being moved to a remote prison earlier this month.

“They fenced off a separate barracks in the area to really create a prison inside the prison so he couldn’t speak publicly and isolate him from any information,” Navalnaya said.

She continued, “They don’t let him go where people aren’t allowed to communicate with him, and that kind of isolation is purely psychological torture for anyone.”

“The conditions in the prison are bad,” Navalnaya told CNN. “It is one of the most dangerous and infamous high-security prisons in Russia, notorious for torturing and murdering inmates.”

Navalnaya said neither her family nor her father’s lawyers were informed of the new prison transfer before it happened. She said he will stay behind bars as long as Putin wants there because the Russian president wants to keep him quiet.

“It is of course very concerning because he is one-on-one with the same people and the same government that tried to kill him,” she said.

Navalny was poisoned in 2020 in an attack widely blamed on Putin. Putin has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny. After receiving treatment in Germany, Navalny was arrested upon his return to Russia in early 2021 and charged with violating parole for a previous conviction.

His continued incarceration has sparked massive outrage inside Russia and beyond the country’s borders.