System critic Navalny has been sentenced to prison

The sentence of 3.5 years in prison, which practically means 2.5 years in prison, was announced in a Moscow court Tuesday evening, according to a reporter Daggins Nehter.

The negotiations, which started this morning, have received great interest in Russia and internationally.

Alexei Navalny received the verdict while sitting in the glass trap as he defended himself during the day and took the opportunity to severely criticize President Putin.

– This trial is null, said Navalny, disguised with exasperation, before sentencing DN dispatch in the place.

The judgment relates to the violation of the conditional judgment rules of embezzlement as of 2014.

More specifically, the regime’s critic is accused of failing to inform his supervisor while he is recovering in Germany, initially in a coma, after being poisoned with the Soviet nerve gas Novitjok.

Navalny and his supporters believe the indictment is politically motivated.

– Come on! I was in a coma! Navalny answers a question from the prison administration about why, according to reports, he did not appear in person in Moscow on time DN.

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Alexei Navalny (born in 1976) was the most prominent opposition politician in Russia in 2010. Having become famous from the start as an anti-corruption activist, he has increasingly emerged as the main opposition leader against President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Navalny was repeatedly arrested, convicted, and banned from running in the general election. Instead, he runs a movement that has a strategy of so-called smart voices. It aims to gather opposition-oriented voters behind the candidates in the country’s various elections who have the most chance to compete with ruling Russia.

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He is a trained lawyer and since 2000 is married to Julia Navalnaga. They have two children, born in 2001 and 2008.

In August 2020, Navalny became acutely ill during a flight from Tomsk, Siberia. After being treated for a long time in a hospital in Germany, where it was found that he had been poisoned by the neurotoxin Novitjok, he returned to Russia on January 17, 2021.

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