Alexei Navalny – the jailed critic of Vladimir Putin – has appeared in courtroom in Russia on new “extremism” fees that might lengthen his jail time period by many years.
The Russian opposition leader is already serving sentences totalling 11-and-a-half years after being discovered responsible of fees – together with fraud.
He now faces a brand new trial, together with allegations of making an extremist organisation, which is going down at a most safety jail in Melekhovo, 150 miles east of Moscow.
The 47-year-old says he faces as much as 30 years in jail if discovered responsible of the fees, which he has beforehand described as “absurd”.
Through the listening to, he stood and spoke for about three minutes, contesting the authority of the choose.
“I consider that, making an allowance for the present circumstances, and of prison regulation, you need to withdraw,” he mentioned.
In March final yr, Mr Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison after he was discovered responsible of large-scale fraud and contempt of courtroom.
He was already serving a two-and-a-half yr sentence for parole violations associated to fees he claims have been fabricated.
Mr Navalny is serving his sentence in a maximum-security penal colony at Melekhovo.
Earlier this month, Mr Navalny had his sarcastic demands to Russian prison officials for a pet kangaroo, a Russian musical instrument known as a balalaika, and a bottle of moonshine liquor denied.