The Russian prosecutor’s office requested 13 years in prison for Alexei Navalny, the main opponent of Vladimir Putin

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a file image. (EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV) (YURI KOCHETKOV/)

The Russian prosecutor’s office requested this Tuesday 13 years in prison against the opposition Alexei Nalvanysworn enemy of the Kremlin and victim of the repression of voices critical of the president Vladimir Putin.

From February 16, alexei nalvany45, is on trial in the penal colony where he is being held, 100 km east of Moscow, on charges of “swindle” and “court offenses”.

It is in this improvised court where the prosecutor Nadejda Tikhonova called for another severe sentence against the opponent whoin 2020, he survived a poisoning for which he blames the Kremlin.

“I ask that a prison sentence of 13 years be applied”said the prosecutor quoted by Russian news agencies.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny in a videoconference statement from a Moscow detention center last January.  (EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV)
Russian opponent Alexei Navalny in a videoconference statement from a Moscow detention center last January. (EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV) (YURI KOCHETKOV/)

Investigators accuse him of having diverted millions of rubles from donations delivered to their anti-corruption organizations.

From February 2021, Alexei Navalny is already serving a sentence of two and a half years in prison for another case of “fraud” dating from 2014.

Opposition to the conflict in Ukraine

One of the opponent’s exiled allies, Leonid Volkovreacted immediately stating that the prosecutor’s request shows that Navalny will remain in prison “until he dies, or until Vladimir Putin dies.”

“It is an absolutely innocent man who is on trial, because he tells the truth about Putin’s criminal regime”, he stated on Twitter Liubov Sobol, another ally in exile of Navalny

In 2020, the opponent spent several months convalescing in Germany after surviving poisoning through a nerve agent, for which he holds Vladimir Putin responsible.

Alexei Navalny Recovered Poisoning Hospital Germany Cover
Navalny hospitalized after his poisoning (Instagram Alexei Navalny/@navalny)

On his return to Russia, The opponent was arrested in January 2021 and tried and sentenced for a “fraud” case that dated back to 2014. This conviction generated a wave of criticism and sanctions from Western countries against Moscow.

The opponent was included in an official list of “terrorists and extremists”within the framework of a campaign of repression against dissident voices that also affected his main collaborators, who are exiled

This also generated a strong pressure from the Russian authorities against various opposition media as well as against NGOs critical of the power

On the other hand, Alexei Navalny has also spoken out against the offensive of the Russian army in Ukraine and called on his allies and those who support him to demonstrate for peace, despite the risk of arrest and serious legal action.

About 15,000 peace protesters have been arrested during mobilizations in several cities of the country, according to the specialized NGO OVD-Info.

Since the beginning of the offensive in Ukraine, Russian power has passed two laws that provide for severe prison sentences for those who denounce the conflict.

(With information from AFP)

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