Putin promoted prison official who tortured Navalny

Alexei Navalny / Photo EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

The Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin promoted a senior prison official a few days after the death of leading opposition leader Alexei Navalny, DPA reported.

The deputy head of the Federal Penal Service (FSIN) Valery Boyarinev was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The director of the Anti-Corruption Fund, the organization founded by Navalny, wrote on Telegram that Boyarinev was personally responsible for the torture of the opposition figure in prison.

"This should be understood as an open reward from Putin for torture," Ivan Zhdanov said.

According to him, the newly appointed lieutenant general was responsible for the subsequent harassment of Navalny.

Boyarinev's promotion was learned today after the corresponding presidential decree was published in the Kremlin's legal database. In addition to him, three other police officers were promoted to the rank of general.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied any connection between Navalny's death and the promotions.

Navalny, 47, died on Friday in a prison colony in Siberia.

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