ARCHIVE – Alexej Navalny, opposition leader from Russia, stands behind a window in the Moscow District Court. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP / dpa
Navalny himself was connected via video, reported the independent broadcaster Doschd. The 45-year-old has been complaining for months that he was wrongly classified as at risk of fleeing and that he was therefore tortured by being repeatedly awakened at night.
Specifically, this lawsuit concerns the conditions of detention during Navalny’s time in a Moscow remand prison earlier this year. It was initially unclear when the court would make a decision. At the beginning of the month, the well-known Russian opposition member failed with a similar lawsuit, which related to the conditions in the prison camp where he is now being held.
Navalny was arrested at a Moscow airport on his return from Germany in mid-January. Shortly thereafter, a court sentenced him to several years in a prison camp. He is said to have violated reporting requirements in previous criminal proceedings while he was recovering from an attack with the neurotoxin Novitschok in Germany. The judgment was criticized internationally as politically motivated.