The 44-year-old will disappear from the scene in the next few years.
Update from 02/20/2021, 5:51 p.m .: Just hours after the confirmation of a controversial prison camp verdict, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to a heavy fine in Russia. For allegedly insulting a World War II veteran, the Moscow court on Saturday fined the opposition politician a fine of 850,000 rubles (around 9,400 euros). That’s roughly twice the average annual salary in Russia.
Navalny had sharply criticized a video broadcast in the Russian state media in 2020 (see below). In it, several citizens – including a now 94-year-old veteran of World War II – campaign for a constitutional amendment that also served to secure President Vladimir Putin’s power. Navalny insulted the people in the clip on Twitter as “traitors” and “puppets” in a politically motivated process.
Update from 02/20/2021, 1 p.m .: Just two hours after the sentence was pronounced against the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, a second hearing against the opposition politician began on Saturday (February 20th, 2021) in the same courthouse. The 44-year-old faces a heavy fine for insulting a World War II veteran. According to information from Navalny’s team, the same public prosecutor was used in both negotiations.
Second trial against Navalny: same day, same building, same public prosecutor
The background to the process is Navalny’s criticism of a video that was shown in the Russian state media in summer 2020. In it, several citizens – including a now 94-year-old veteran of World War II – campaign for a constitutional amendment that also served to secure President Vladimir Putin’s power. Navalny then described the people involved as “traitors” and the veterans specifically as “puppets” in a politically motivated process.
First report from February 20th, 2021, 10.30 a.m .:
Moscow – A court in Moscow has dismissed the appeal of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny against a sentence This confirms a judgment from February which converted a suspended sentence that had already been imposed on Navalny in 2014 into a prison sentence.
Verdict against Alexej Navalny: Two and a half years in a prison camp
The trial in the northeast of Moscow took place under the strictest security precautions.
Navalny was poisoned in August last year. He blames the Kremlin for the poison attack. After receiving treatment in a hospital in Germany, the Kremlin critic returned to Russia in January. He was arrested immediately upon his return.
After the verdict: international criticism and mass protests in Russia
The alleged violations of probation conditions include his stay in Germany. He was treated in the Berlin Charité after the poison attack and was there for several weeks in a coma.
The European Court of Human Rights demands the release of the Kremlin critic. (dpa / afp / at)
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