- The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has to remain in prison for another nine years: a court in Moscow has dismissed his complaint.
- In March, the opposition figure was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud and “contempt of court” – in addition to the two and a half years he is already serving.
- Navalny denies all allegations against him.
In February 2021, a Moscow district court sentenced Navalny to a fine of 850,000 rubles (about 13,000 francs) for allegedly slandering and insulting a war veteran. In addition, in the trial, the court commuted the suspended sentence for alleged fraud to a regular prison sentence.
In custody since returning to Moscow
The Kremlin opponent barely survived an assassination attempt with the chemical warfare agent Novichok in August 2020 and recovered from it in Germany. When he voluntarily returned to Moscow in January 2021, he was immediately arrested.
The 45-year-old has been in prison ever since. In March 2022, Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison in another contentious trial for contempt of court and fraud. New trials of extremism against the opposition figure are pending. Observers criticize the prosecution of Navalny, who is considered the most well-known opponent of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, as politically motivated.