Kira Jarmysz, spokeswoman for the well-known opposition activist Alexei Navalny, was sentenced to a year and a half of restriction of freedom. A court in Moscow found that the activist encouraged violations of anti-epidemic laws during protests in defense of Navalny. “The sentence and punishment are unfair, but I didn’t expect anything else,” she wrote on Twitter.
Restriction of freedom means that Jarmysz will be able to leave her place of permanent residence only upon prior notification. She will not be allowed to travel outside the Moscow region. A spokeswoman for Alexei Navalny is also banned from participating in mass gatherings. Such restrictions were demanded by the prosecutor’s office, although for a longer period – two years, not one and a half years.
The prosecution also demanded that Jarmysz remain under house arrest until the sentence becomes final. However, the court ordered that the oppositionist be released from house arrest.
Jarmysz: I don’t repent and I don’t regret anything
“For the first time in 7 months, I can tweet myself. My house arrest is over. But after the sentence comes into force, I will face another year and a half of restrictions on freedom: I must not leave Moscow and the region, I must be home from 10 pm to 6 am” – the activist wrote on Twitter after the decision of the Moscow court.
“The sentence and punishment are unfair, but I did not expect anything else. I know for sure: I do not reproach and I do not regret anything. Even if I had a chance to fix it, I would do the same” – she added.
Convicted other associates and Navalny’s brother
Jarmysz is another person from Navalny’s entourage convicted under sanitary regulations in connection with demonstrations in defense of the arrested opposition activist. The court found that Yarmysz, by calling for participation in a protest in Moscow on January 23 this year, encouraged violations of these regulations. Investigators said people infected with the coronavirus appeared in central Moscow in response to an appeal, creating a risk of “mass illness”.
Earlier, the court sentenced on the same charges two of Navalny’s associates: Lyubov Sobol and Nikolai Laskin. They received a sentence of one and a half years and one year of restriction of liberty, respectively. The oppositionist’s brother, Oleg Navalny, was sentenced to one year suspended imprisonment.
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