Platon Lebedev, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s closest business partner, has been moved to the punishment cell, his lawyer told the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Friday.
The move is intended to punish him for refusing to take the daily walk, the lawyer said.
Prison officials confirmed the news. The Interfax agency quoted a high-ranking official from the Federal Service for Corrective Institutions as saying that Lebedev was moved from a general cell to a punitive cell on Friday for one week “because Lebedev had broken the rules of confinement and was rude to the prison administration”.
Back in 2004 Dr. John O’Grady, eminent British specialist in hepatology who analyzed Platon Lebedev’s medical history, concluded that he suffered from a dangerous type of hepatitis that may result in hepatic cirrhosis and other grave complications. His report contradicted that of prison doctors who say Mr. Lebedev’s health is satisfactory and holding steady. Since then Lebedev’s lawyers claimed that his condition had worsened and that he may even be suffering from liver cancer.
For now, Lebedev has spent most of his term in the prison’s hospital, the lawyers added.
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