Imprisoned opposition chief Alexei Navalny has been handed new expenses by Russian prosecutors
ByThe Related Press
December 2, 2023, 6:04 AM
MOSCOW — Imprisoned opposition chief Alexei Navalny has been handed new expenses by Russian prosecutors.
The 47-year-old is already serving greater than 30 years in jail after being discovered responsible of crimes together with extremism — expenses that his supporters characterize as politically motivated. In feedback handed to his associates, Navalny mentioned he had been charged below article 214 of Russia’s penal code, which covers crimes of vandalism.
“I don’t even know whether or not to explain my newest information as unhappy, humorous or absurd,” he wrote in feedback on social media Friday through his staff. “I don’t know what Article 214 is, and there’s nowhere to look. You’ll know earlier than I do.”
He mentioned that the fees have been a part of the Kremlin’s want to “provoke a brand new legal case towards me each three months.” By no means earlier than has a convict in solitary confinement for greater than a yr had such a wealthy social and political life,” he joked.
Navalny is one in every of President Vladimir Putin’s most ardent opponents, greatest identified for campaigning towards official corruption and organizing main anti-Kremlin protests. The previous lawyer was arrested in 2021, after he returned to Moscow from Germany the place he had recuperated from nerve agent poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin. He has since been handed three jail phrases and has confronted months in solitary confinement after being accused of assorted minor infractions.
A number of Navalny associates have additionally confronted extremism-related expenses after the politician’s Basis for Preventing Corruption and a community of regional places of work have been outlawed as extremist teams in 2021, a transfer that uncovered nearly anybody affiliated with them to prosecution.
Most lately, a courtroom within the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk jailed Ksenia Fadeyeva, who used to run Navalny’s workplace in Tomsk, previous to her trial on extremism expenses.
Fadeyeva was initially positioned below home arrest in October earlier than later being remanded in pre-trial detention. If discovered responsible, she faces as much as 12 years in jail.