Persecution in Russia: the opposition Alexei Navalny will face a new judicial process

File photo. Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/ (MAXIM SHEMETOV/)

The team of jailed Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalnyannounced today the start next week of a new judicial process against its Fund to Fight Corruption, proscribed by the Justice for extremism.

The first hearing, to which Navalny will be invited by videoconference, will be held on April 26 at the Basmanni court in Moscow, explained Ivan Zhdanov, director of the outlawed FBK.

“That means the beginning of the processing of a new criminal case against him”Zhdanov explained on his Twitter account.

Another of the opponent’s collaborators in exile, Leonid Volkov, explained that the prosecution will request 35 years in prison for Navalny, who is already serving eight years for various economic crimes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters) (Sputnik /)

In October of last year, Navalny already advanced the Investigative Committee, accusing him of propaganda of terrorism and extremism, and of financing extremist activities.

His team already expressed a few days ago the fear that the politician is being poisonedsince he has lost eight kilos of weight.

We do not exclude that right now they are slowly poisoning Navalni. They kill him little by little so that he does not attract so much attention,” said Kira Yarsmish, one of his closest collaborators and a spokesman for the opposition, in a video posted on Twitter.

Along the same lines, the opponent’s lawyer, Vadim Kobzev, assured that after his client was poisoned three years ago with Novichok, any deterioration in his health must be taken very seriously.

“We will demand that toxicological and radiological tests be carried out”he said on Telegram.

Previously, Kovzev already accused the Russian prison authorities of having “a clear strategy to destroy Navalni’s health by all the forces and means at their disposal.”

In mid-January Navalni was examined by a doctor after hundreds of doctors denounced his fragile state of health in an open letter to the president, Vladimir Putin.

This Monday the politician and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murzá was sentenced to 25 years in prison, while next week a trial will be opened against the only opponent critical of the Kremlin who headed the City Council of a city of more than a million inhabitants, Yevgeni Roizman.

(With information from EFE)

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