Russian prison officials transfer protester Ildar Dadin to unknown location
Ildar Dadin, the 34-year-old Moscow protester imprisoned under Russia’s new Article 212.1 law which criminalizes repeated public protests, has reportedly been transferred from the IK-7 prison — where Dadin alleged torture and officials accused him of fighting with another inmate — to an unknown location. The European Parliament and the ranking member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee have called for Dadin’s release, threatening sanctions.
A report in Russian-language newspaper Fontanka claimed sources inside the prison system said Dadin was being sent to a penal colony in the Kirov region, over 600 miles from his last observed location at IK-7 in the Republic of Karelia. Kirov is about 500 miles east of Moscow, where Dadin lived prior to his arrest and conducted standalone street demonstrations.
The Associated Press released this report, citing an earlier report in Russian-language Interfax:
(AP) Opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, had been transferred from the prison where he has claimed he was tortured, the Interfax news agency reported Monday. The agency quoted an unidentified official from Russia’s prison service as saying Dadin had left a prison in northwestern Russia but declined to say what his final destination would be.
Dadin was convicted last year of breaking strict new laws regulating public demonstrations.
Anastasia Zotova, Dadin’s wife, told The Associated Press she had received no official notification of her husband’s whereabouts.
Human rights activists had called for Dadin to be moved from prison colony IK-7 for his own safety.
Dadin said last month he was tortured by prison guards who carried out group beatings and threatened to rape and murder him. An official investigation did not find any wrongdoing.
Dadin’s wife, journalist Anastasia Zotova, conducts a standalone protest bearing the dissident slogan, “Observe Your Constitution.” Article 212.1, under which Dadin was imprisoned, is widely believed to violate freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the Russian Consitution.
Associated Press (via New York Times): Russian opposition activist transferred
Fontanka: Dadin sent to colony in Kirov (Russian)
Institute of Modern Russia: The Case of Ildar Dadin: Restoration of Bolshevik-style law?
Meduza: Dadin’s letter from prison
BBC: Russian activist Ildar Dadin accuses prison of torture
Amnesty International: Shocking new torture allegations by prisoner of conscience
Washington Post: The United States needs to hold Russia accountable for its aggression
BFM.ru: Human Rights Council: The events Dadin told of apparently occurred (Russian)
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