Russian state prosecutors requested a further 20-year jail sentence for Alexei Navalny , the Kremlin-critic’s political ally Ivan Zhdanov stated Thursday.
Zhdanov stated prosecutors sought to condemn Navalny on additional prices associated to “inciting and financing extremist exercise” and “creating an extremist group,” all of which Navalny and his associates say are politically motivated.
Russia’s state-run TASS information company stated a verdict can be introduced on August 4.
Who’s Alexei Navalny?
Navalny is an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany the place he had been recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin.
Russian authorities then sentenced him to greater than 2 years in jail on parole violation prices, and an additional nine-year time period on fraud and contempt of courtroom prices. Navalny maintains that the fees and his prolonged jail sentences are an try to silence Russia’s political opposition. He’s at present incarcerated in a most safety jail outdoors Moscow.
In an announcement launched Thursday by his authorized staff, Navalny stated: “Anybody in Russia is aware of that an individual who seeks justice in a courtroom of legislation is totally weak. The case of that individual is hopeless.”
Navalny slams invasion of Ukraine
Through the closed-door listening to on Thursday, Navalny condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
His aides handed on the Kremlin critic’s assertion to the surface world.
Navalny stated that Russia is “floundering in a pool of both mud or blood, with damaged bones, with a poor and robbed inhabitants, and round it lie tens of hundreds of individuals killed in essentially the most silly and mindless conflict of the twenty first century.”
The Kremlin denies persecuting Navalny, and claims his case is a matter for the courts to determine.
zc/wmr (Reuters, AFP, AP)