The imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny qualified this Wednesday “absurd” the accusations ofextremismagainst him, coinciding with the judgment of another Kremlin critic, Yevgueni Roizman.
The authorities blamed me for “a absurd accusationwho threatens me with a sentence of up to 35 years” prison, criticized Navalny.
The 46-year-old opponent regretted a “cynical parody” by the justice, in preliminary statements broadcast by his team before a closed-door hearing.
For Navalny, who is serving a sentence of nine years in prisonthe next stage will be “perpetuity”he continued.
The main opponent of Vladimir Putinimprisoned since 2021 after having returned to Russia after being treated in Germany for a poisoning that he accuses the Kremlin, denounced an “illegal attempt” to try him behind closed doors.
The Russian authorities accuse him of “extremism”for which he faces a new prison sentence that he considers a way to detain him for life.
Your lawyer, Olga Mikhailovaasked to have information about the case and judged that it was “absolutely impossible” not reveal the content of the exact accusations against your client.
Kira Yarmishthe spokesperson for Navalny’s organization, considered in statements to AFP that the trial “could start soon” due to the desire of the prosecution to “limit the familiarization time” of the defense with the “elements of the case”.
According to his collaborators, Navalny suffers from a “unknown disease” in jail and is not being treated.
Wave of repression after the invasion of Ukraine
Russian public opinion has been shaken by a historic crackdown on dissentwhile Moscow goes ahead with its military intervention in Ukraine.
All the major opposition figures are in jail or in exile.
Last week, a Russian court convicted another Kremlin critic, Vladimir Kara-Murzato 25 years in prison in a high-security prison on treason and other charges for criticizing the assault on Ukraine.
It is the harshest sentence handed down against a Kremlin critic since the start of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.
Trial of Yevgeny Roizman
This Wednesday Yevgeny Roizmana prominent Kremlin critic and popular former mayor, also appeared in a trial in which he is accused of discrediting the Russian military in the offensive against Ukraine.
roizman is the last prominent figure of the Russian opposition still in the country and he’s not behind bars.
He faces a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Roizman became Russia’s most prominent opposition mayor in 2013 and served five years in office in Yekaterinburga city in the Urals.
Who are the prominent Russian dissidents persecuted for their opposition to Vladimir Putin’s war?