July 19, 2024

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Russian Court Upholds Prison Term for Putin Critic Navalny

MOSCOW—A Russian courtroom denied an charm by Alexei Navalny, sealing an earlier ruling that would see the notable Kremlin critic and anticorruption activist shell out a prolonged sentence in a penal colony.

Mr. Navalny, whose detention in January sparked mass protests that mushroomed into a broader act of defiance versus Russian President Vladimir Putin, was sentenced earlier this thirty day period for violating the disorders of a suspended sentence from 2014. Mr. Navalny was detained upon returning from Germany, in which he expended months recovering from a poison attack that he blames on Mr. Putin. The Kremlin denies any involvement.

The rallies, which at a person point observed in excess of 40,000 people on the streets of Moscow and countless numbers extra throughout the state, were achieved with a sweeping crackdown by the authorities, who detained extra than 10,000. Whilst Mr. Navalny’s allies have temporarily suspended big-scale protests until the spring, the protest wave has cemented his position as Mr. Putin’s most vocal critic and a potent threat to the Kremlin leader’s two-decade-aged rule.

At the hearing on Saturday, Mr. Navalny appeared inside a glass cage for defendants and flashed a “V” signal for victory. He turned down the notion that he was hiding from justice, declaring that his whereabouts were publicly recognised, and he explained the authorized procedure as absurd.

“If I was hiding, I wouldn’t be standing below in this aquarium,” Mr. Navalny instructed the courtroom.