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Russia. Alexei Navalny faces up to 30 years in prison. The trial will take place in a penal colony

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Another trial against well-known oppositionist Alexei Navalny was to take place in Moscow on Wednesday. The court hearing was rescheduled for June 6. The critic of the Kremlin was charged with a number of charges, including “promoting terrorism” and “rehabilitating Nazism.”

The Moscow court did not say why the meeting was postponed. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmysz tweeted that “the preliminary hearing in the criminal case of [ekstremizm] against Alexei Navalny has been postponed to June 6.

Jarmysz also informed that “the trial will take place not in the Moscow city court, but in the maximum security penal colony No. 6 in the Vladimir region”, where Navalny is currently serving his sentence.

“This decision was allegedly made by the judge. I can already see how the judge [sam] decided to move the meeting from his spacious, air-conditioned office in Moscow (where he lives, as well as prosecutors and lawyers) to the countryside in the Vladimir region,” Jarmysz wrote on Twitter.

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In the comments under the entry of Navalny’s spokeswoman, it was stated that the meeting was moved to a penal colony so that the supporters of the opposition would not gather in front of the court building in Moscow.


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List of allegations

Navalny last month said he was under an “absurd” terrorism investigation and that the charge could carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

Court records state that the allegations against the Kremlin critic relate to six different articles of the Russian criminal code, including: rehabilitation of Nazism, creation of an extremist organization, public incitement to extremist activity, incitement of citizens to break the law, financing of extremist activity.

The independent Meduza portal previously wrote that the files of the new case contain 3,828 pages, and Navalny has no way to get acquainted with these materials.

Navalny is serving a nine-year prison sentence for alleged embezzlement and contempt of court Reuters Archive

Sentence suspended

Navalny, one of the most recognizable oppositionists in Russia, is in a maximum security penal colony in Mieliechowo (Włodzimierz Oblast), where he is serving a nine-year prison sentence for allegedly embezzlement of funds collected for organizations founded by an oppositionist and contempt of court. The verdict in this case was made in March 2022.

Previously, Navalny had been held in a penal colony with the usual regime in Pokrovo (same district). He was sent there at the beginning of 2021, when the Moscow City Court suspended the suspended sentence for the oppositionist, sentenced in 2014 to 3.5 years in prison for allegedly defrauding funds from the French company Yves Rocher.

Navalny was arrested in January 2021 after returning from Germanwhere he was treated after an attempted poisoning with a chemical substance of the novichok type. According to a critic of the Kremlin, the attempt on his life was organized by the Russian special services.

Alexei NavalnyPAP

Main photo source: MOSCOW CITY COURT/PAP/EPA

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