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Kremlin critic Navalny sentenced to nine years in prison, lawyers arrested

Kremlin critic Navalny sentenced to nine years in prison, lawyers arrested

  • Court grants Navalny more time in prison
  • Lawyers arrested after court session
  • Opposition network is already banned in Russia
  • Navalny urged Russians to protest Ukraine crackdown

MARCH 22 (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison after a Russian court found him guilty of widespread fraud and contempt of court on Tuesday and police detained his lawyer soon after the hearing.

Navalny was already serving a two-and-a-half year sentence in a concentration camp east of Moscow for parole violations related to charges he said were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions. His lawyers said his current sentence would be included in Tuesday’s ruling.

After the verdict was pronounced, Navalny responded on Twitter: “I want to say: the best support for me and other political prisoners is not sympathy and kind words, but actions. Any activity against the regime of deceitful Putin and thieves. And any opposition to these war criminals. “

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Navalny was imprisoned last year when he returned to Russia after receiving medical treatment in Germany following a Soviet-era nerve toxin attack during a visit to Siberia in 2020. Navalny blamed President Vladimir Putin for the attack.

The Kremlin said it had not seen any evidence of Navalny’s poisoning and denied any role for Russia if it was.

The Russian authorities viewed Navalny and his supporters as spoilers bent on destabilizing Russia with the support of the West. Many of Navalny’s allies fled Russia rather than face restrictions or imprisonment at home.

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Navalny’s opposition movement has been labeled “extremist” and shut down, although his supporters continue to express their political positions, including their opposition to Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, on social media.

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Writing by Reuters correspondents. Editing by Raisa Kasulowski and Kevin Levy

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