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Navalny given more jail time

A court in Moscow has sentenced the opposition figure to nine years in prison

Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday in a fraud and contempt of court case. He is already serving a 2.8 year term under a separate sentence. He pleaded not guilty during the trial.

The Lefortovo court in Moscow agreed with the prosecution, which argued that in some cases, large donations to Navalny’s anti-corruption and political campaigning organizations were used by him and his co-conspirators to cover personal expenses. Navalny was ordered to pay a $11,500 fine in addition to serving time behind bars.

Part of the punishment is over Navalny’s previous behavior in the courtroom. When he was tried for insulting a war veteran, the activist denounced the proceedings as illegitimate and used disparaging language towards the judge. At one point, he addressed her by the rank of a Nazi officer.

The same court found him guilty on all counts earlier on Tuesday.

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FILE PHOTO. Alexey Navalny attends a rally in Moscow. ©Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Navalny convicted of fraud and contempt of court

Navalny is already serving a jail term in a separate case involving fraud. He was originally given a suspended sentence, but violated his probation conditions and was put behind bars last year.

The West-loved protest organizer claims to be the victim of political persecution by the Russian government. He claims the Kremlin even sent assassins to poison him, which resulted in a long period of illness and a need to move to Germany for treatment.

Moscow denies the accusations. Russian officials claim that Navalny is working with Western governments hostile towards the country and that his alleged assassination attempt was meant to discredit Russia.

https://ift.tt/ZbAKoSX 22, 2022 at 06:04PM
from RT – Daily news

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