Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny - currently in prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

 Alexei Navalny - currently in prison - was found guilty in another trial against him of "deceiving and insulting the judge". And he was sentenced to 9 years in prison. The prosecution had asked for a sentence of 13 years in prison, while the defense insisted on acquittal, stressing the absence of crime in Navalny's actions. This is reported by the Russian agency citing the decision of the Lefortovo court in Moscow. "Navalny has committed embezzlement, or theft of other people's property by an organized group," judge Margarita Kotova said, according to a reporter from the AFP news agency who was present at the scene. 

The verdict was announced at an off-site court hearing at the penal colony N2 in the city of Pokrov, in the Vladimir region. "Nine years. As my favorite TV series character 'The Wire' put it: 'You only have two days, the day you come in and the day you leave'". These are the comments of Russia's opponents, on the last sentence of nine years in prison "under the maximum security regime". "I even have a T-shirt with this slogan, but the prison authorities confiscated it from me, deeming him an extremist," reads an opponent's tweet maintained by his lawyer. 

The maximum security regime can now also block Navalny from communicating with the outside world. This sentence is in addition to the sentence the opponent serves, but may not be the last. Since Navalny's return to Russia, where he was stopped at border control at Sheremetyevo airport, his judicial odyssey has not stopped.


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