Anti-Russian Alexei Navalny sentenced to 9 more years in prison after being convicted of fraud

(CNN) – Leader of the Russian Opposition Alexei Navalny He was sentenced on Tuesday to nine years in prison, according to the Russian state news agency DOS. The fine also includes a fine of 1.2 million rubles, about $ 11,500, the DOS report added.

A Lofordov court in Moscow has sentenced Navalny, a key critic of the Kremlin, to life in prison on fraud charges related to stealing from his anti-corruption trust.

Alexei Navalny

Prosecutors previously said he was seeking 13 years in prison.

However, his lawyer said Navalny would appeal the verdict of guilt for the fraud, according to a report in the state news agency RIA.

The RIA also noted that Navalny was found guilty in a contempt of court case. The Russian state news agency TASS reported a similar conviction.

Navalny is currently a Sentenced to two and a half years On his return to Russia in February 2021, he was arrested at a detention center east of Moscow. He said the verdict was politically motivated.

The sentence was handed down at a Lefortovo court hearing on Tuesday in the Pokrov Penal Colony.

“Navalny committed fraud, that is, he stole someone else’s property by cheating,” Judge Margarita Cotova read in the verdict, Das said.

When the judge read the indictment against him, 45-year-old Navalny was embarrassed. He was with his lawyers in a room filled with prison security officers. He flipped through the court documents that had been laid out on a table in front of him, and seemed unmoved.

Navalny was arrested after drinking poison

Leader of the Opposition Arrested in February 2021 After coming to Moscow from Berlin, Germany. There he recovered for several months Poisoning with nerve agent novichok, An attack that he blamed on Russian security services and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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In January, Russia added Navalny and his key aides to the Federal Register of “Terrorists and Terrorists,” according to Russia’s Federal Service for Financial Supervision. His Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) It was banned as a “terrorist” organization by Russian courts last year.

While in prison, Navalny denounced him Russian invasion of Ukraine Through social media, Reuters described the nationwide anti-war protests as “the backbone of the movement against war and death.”

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Behind Russian invasion of Ukraine about a month agoThousands of people have been arrested for protesting against the war, including in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Navalny’s conviction comes amid growing repression against political discontent in Russia.

Earlier this month, Putin signed an audit bill that would make it impossible for news organizations to accurately report events in or from Russia.

The law makes it a crime to spread “false” information about the invasion of Ukraine, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, and anyone convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.

Last year, Navalny’s allies Expressed their concern For the opponent’s health, he a The hunger strike Demands “adequate medical care” for one week. His team says they were unable to get Pokrov into the penal colony.

A few days after the end of the hunger strike in April, his chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, announced that the network of regional offices for Navalny’s political movement had been “officially disbanded.”

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