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Russia: opponent Alexei Navalny sentenced to 9 years in prison

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Imprisoned for a year in Russia, opponent of Vladimir Putin Alexeï Navalny was sentenced on Tuesday March 22 to nine years in prison for “fraud” and “contempt of court”.

The judge added to this sentence a year and a half of probation and a fine of 1.2 million rubles, or around 10,000 euros at the daily rate.

He will have to serve his sentence in a “severe regime penal colony”, which means that his conditions of detention will become even stricter.

Alexei Navalny was accused of embezzling millions of rubles in donations to his anti-corruption organizations and of “contempt of court” during a previous trial.

his lawyers arrested

The 45-year-old anti-corruption activist and former lawyer was tried behind the walls of his penal colony, 100 km east of Moscow, in an improvised court.

He had been incarcerated there since February 2021 for violating the judicial review imposed on him as part of a five-year suspended prison sentence for embezzlement, which he received in 2014. Victim of poisoning in August 2020, he had been treated in Germany before returning to Russia and being arrested.

Olga Mikhaïlova and Vadim Kobzev, her lawyers, were arrested on the grounds, it seems, that they were obstructing traffic in front of the prison by speaking with the press.

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