Jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny handed 19 more years in jail

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Navalny appears in Russian court after hunger strike, denounces Putin

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A screen reveals the currently put behind bars Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny (2L) as he listens to his decision over a series of extremism charges at the IK-6 chastening nest, a maximum-security jail some 250 kilometres (155 miles) east of Moscow, in the settlement of Melekhovo in the Vladimir area on August 4, 2023.

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Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 19 more years in jail after being condemned in a Russian court on a series of charges, his group verified Friday.

Navalny dealt with charges of prompting and funding “extremist activity” and “rehabilitating Nazi ideology,” charges he and his fans turn down.

In a social networks post on Thursday, Navalny stated that he anticipated to get a “Stalinist” jail term. He has actually likewise condemned Russia’s major intrusion of Ukraine, calling it “the most stupid and senseless war of the 21st century.”

Navalny, among Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most singing critics, was currently serving 2 jail sentences. A nine-year jail sentence on charges of embezzlement and scams and more than 2 years for a parole infraction.

Friday’s sentence marks Navalny’s 3rd and longest jail term.

The Biden administration stated it will continue to promote for Navalny and the “more than 500 other designated political prisoners Russia holds.”

“For years, the Kremlin has attempted to silence Navalny and prevent his calls for transparency and accountability from reaching the Russian people,” State Department spokesperson Matt Miller composed in a declaration.

“By conducting this latest trial in secret and limiting his lawyers’ access to purported evidence, Russian authorities illustrated yet again both the baselessness of their case and the lack of due process afforded to those who dare to criticize the regime,” Miller included.

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United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk required Navalny’s instant release and knocked the “vague and overly broad charges.”

“The new sentence imposed today on opposition figure Alexei Navalny raises renewed serious concerns about judicial harassment and instrumentalization of the court system for political purposes in Russia,” Turk composed in a declaration.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen by means of video link from the IK-2 restorative chastening nest in Pokrov prior to a court hearing to think about an appeal versus his jail sentence, in Moscow, Russia May 17,2022

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Navalny has actually been kept in a remote chastening nest considering that2021 His detention followed investing almost half a year in Germany recuperating from a nerve representative poisoning in August 2020.

A month after his poisoning, the German federal government stated that the Russian dissident was exposed to a chemical nerve representative, including the toxicology report offered “unequivocal evidence.” The nerve representative remained in the household of Novichok, which was established by the SovietUnion Toxicology tests carried out in France and Sweden likewise concerned the very same conclusion.

The Kremlin has actually consistently rejected having a function in Navalny’s poisoning.

In March 2021, the United States approved 7 members of the Russian federal government for the supposed poisoning and subsequent detention ofNavalny At the time, the sanctions were the very first to target Moscow under President Joe Biden’s administration.