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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny to hear verdict in new case

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FILE PHOTO: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny takes half in a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s homicide and to protest in opposition to proposed amendments to the nation’s structure, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny expects to hear a verdict on Tuesday in Russia’s newest legal case in opposition to him, in which prosecutors search to have him despatched to a maximum-security penal colony for 13 years on prices of fraud and contempt of courtroom.

Navalny is already serving a two-and-a-half yr sentence at a jail camp east of Moscow for parole violations associated to prices that he says have been trumped up to gag him as a political opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

His nationwide opposition motion has been labeled “extremist” and shut down, however he has continued to problem messages on social media from jail by way of his authorized workforce and aides, just lately urging Russians to oppose the struggle in Ukraine.

Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, stated final week that prosecutors had requested a switch to a maximum-security jail as a result of they stated he had dedicated crimes in the jail camp.

“Probably it will be further from Moscow and lawyers will have difficulty entering this colony and we will not have access to Alexei,” she stated on Monday.

“It’s not a question of his freedom, it’s a question of his life … They are the same people that tried to kill him already … This is what we are afraid of.”

Navalny was jailed last year when he returned to Russia after receiving medical remedy in Germany following a poison assault with a Soviet-era nerve toxin throughout a go to to Siberia in 2020. Navalny blamed Putin for the assault, a cost the Kremlin denies.

Yarmysh stated Navalny anticipated the Lefortovo courtroom in Moscow to hand down the complete 13-year sentence that the prosecution had requested – however that Navalny’s work would proceed.

“I’m completely sure that Alexei won’t be in prison for (an extra) 13 years. Putin himself won’t last that long,” she stated.

“And we now know how to communicate with Alexei and how he can supervise our activity from prison.”

After the final listening to on March 15, Navalny struck a sometimes defiant tone, saying on Instagram: “If the prison term is the price of my human right to say things that need to be said … then they can ask for 113 years. I will not renounce my words or deeds.”

Many of Navalny’s most outstanding allies have left Russia relatively than face restrictions or jail at house.

Yarmysh herself is on a wished listing, and left Russia final yr after a courtroom restricted her freedom of motion for 18 months, alleging breaches of COVID-19 security guidelines.

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