Russian court has found that Kremlin critic Navalny guilty of fraud

Russian court has found that Kremlin critic Navalny guilty of fraud

March 23, 2022: -On Tuesday, a Russian court found jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny guilty of large-scale fraud, a move likely to see the time that President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic spends in jail extended through the years.

Navalny is serving a two-and-a-half sentence at a prison camp east of Moscow for parole violations related to charges that he believes were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions.

In the recent criminal case against him, which he has dismissed as politically-motivated, he could have up to 13 years added to that sentence.

A gaunt Navalny stood beside his lawyers in a room filled with prison security officers as the judge read out the accusations against him. The 45-year-old seemed unfazed, decreasing as he flipped through court documents.

Prosecutors are asking the court to send him to a maximum-security penal colony for 13 years on fraud charges and contempt of court. A ruling is expected later on Tuesday.

Navalny was jailed in the previous year when he returned to Russia after receiving medical treatment in Germany following a poison attack with a Soviet-era nerve agent during a visit to Siberia in 2020. Navalny is blaming Putin for the attack.

The Kremlin said it has not seen that Navalny was poisoned and denied any Russian role if he was.

After the previous court hearing into his case on March 15, Navalny struck a typically defiant tone, writing through Instagram: “If the prison term is the price of my human right to say things that need to be said, they can ask for 113 years. I will not renounce my words or deeds.”

Russian authorities have cast Navalny and his supporters as subversives determined to destabilize Russia with backing from the West. Many of Navalny’s allies have fled Russia instead face restrictions or jail at home.

Navalny’s opposition movement has been labeled “extremist” and shut down. However, his supporters continue to express their political stance on social media, including their opposition to Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.

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