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Russian rights defender subject to ‘inhumane’ treatment in jail: lawyers

Jail cells (Dreamstime/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Lawyers for imprisoned Russian human rights defender Oleg Orlov say their client is being held in “inhumane” conditions.

Orlov, 70, is being deprived of rest, hot food, and confidential meetings with his attorneys, they said on March 27.

The Memorial rights group also commented on Orlov, saying that he does not receive regular daily meals as guards take him to a Moscow court each day to review materials of his case and bring him back to the detention center late at night.

Orlov was sentenced last month to 30 months in prison for publicly condemning Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.