Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Putin critic Alexei Navalny sentenced to 3 1/2 years after returning to Russia following poisoning

 Alexei Navalny, the arch-critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was on Tuesday sentenced to three and a half years' imprisonment by a Moscow court.


The 44-year-old was accused of violating a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement after missing several scheduled parole meetings with Russia's prison service.

Navalny will spend two and a half years in prison, as he has already spent one year under house arrest, the judge said.

Navalny returned to Russia on January 17, and was immediately detained at a Moscow airport. On January 18, he was remained in custody for 30 days .

Navalny's detention prompted two weeks of protest across Russia , where police detained and arrested thousands of demonstrators, including Navalny's wife, Yulia.

At least 237 protesters who had gathered outside the Moscow courtroom in support of Navalny on Tuesday have been detained, the Moscow Times said.

Oleg Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison while Alexei Navalny was given a suspended sentence.

Experts have called the accusation and conviction politically motivated.

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