Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is facing a lengthy prison sentence on which he is already facing a trial.
MOSCOW – Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is facing a lengthy prison sentence on which he is already facing a trial.
A court is expected to announce the verdict on Tuesday. Navalny, who has been working in a penitentiary colony east of Moscow for 2 1/2 years, has been charged with fraud and contempt of court. The prosecution has accused him and his foundation of embezzling money raised over the years and of insulting a judge during a previous trial. Navalny has denied the allegations, saying they were politically motivated.
The prosecution sought 13 years in prison and a fine of 1.2 million-rubles (approximately $ 10,700) for the anti-corruption Crusader. It was not immediately clear if Navalny was expected to serve the sentence at or above his current sentence. The judge began reading the verdict on Tuesday morning.
The trial, which began about a month ago, unfolded in a makeshift court in the prison colony a few hours away from Moscow, where Navalny is serving a sentence for violating parole. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Navalny, 45, appeared at the hearing in prison attire and gave several detailed speeches during the trial, declaring the allegations against him to be fake.
Navalny was arrested shortly after returning from Germany in January 2021, where he spent five months blaming the Kremlin for a poisoning, a claim Russian officials vehemently denied. Shortly after his arrest, a court sentenced him to 2 1/2 years in prison.
After Navalny’s imprisonment, the authorities cracked down on his associates and supporters. His close allies fled Russia after facing multiple criminal charges, and his Foundation for Fighting Corruption and a network of about 40 regional offices were declared illegal as extremists – a title that discloses those involved in the trial.
Last month, Russian officials added Navalny and several of his associates to the state register of extremists and terrorists.
A number of separate criminal cases have been filed against Navalny, with his aides suggesting that the Kremlin wants to keep him in prison for as long as possible.