Russian opposition member in solitary confinement again: Three minutes late leaving the barracks after the wake-up order?

Ilija Jashin said that the leadership of the colony is faced with the task of increasing the pressure on him for political reasons and that he is morally ready for it. "But I don't understand why my mother should suffer," he added

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Jašin during the trial, Photo: Screenshot/Youtube
Jašin during the trial, Photo: Screenshot/Youtube
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Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who is serving an eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence for criticizing Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, was placed in solitary confinement shortly before a planned visit by his parents.

Jashin said on his Telegram channel on May 22 that the prison administration sent him to solitary confinement for 17 days on May 15 because he was three minutes late leaving the barracks after the morning wake-up order.

The Russian oppositionist claims that the administration did this on purpose, in order to disrupt his three-day stay with his parents in the premises of the penal colony.

"In other words, they didn't just disrupt the visit, they did it in such a way that my father and mother walked 300 kilometers with their bags and heard at the gate of the colony that their son was in solitary confinement and that they had to return," wrote Jashin.

He said that the leadership of the colony is faced with the task of increasing the pressure on him for political reasons and that he is morally ready for it.

"But I don't understand why my mother should suffer," he added.

At the beginning of April, Jašin was sent to solitary confinement for ten days right after a brief meeting with his mother.

Prison officials then accused him of breaking a ban on removing his jacket before sitting down to breakfast.

"The real reason is the continuous pressure on political prisoners, their deliberate isolation not only from the outside world, but also from other convicts, an attempt to take away their will, to suppress them, to break them," said his lawyer Mihail Biryukov at the time.

Even before that, the prison officials had punished him several times for minor offenses.

A court in Moscow sentenced Yakshin in December 2022 to eight and a half years in prison for criticizing the military offensive against Ukraine.

The charge against him was based on his posts on YouTube about crimes committed by the Russian army in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

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