Alexey Navalny handed new jail term as he denounces ‘Putin the poisoner’

Alexey Navalny handed new jail term as he denounces ‘Putin the poisoner’

The decision is likely to spark resentment among Navalny’s supporters, as tens of Russians turned out for protests in the past two weekends, many demanding the activist’s release.

Navalny was detained two weeks ago on his return to Berlin from Moscow, accused of failing to meet the terms of his parole under a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement – a case he described as politically motivated.

Navalny was sentenced to a suspended sentence of three and a half years with five years of probation in the 2014 case. The court ruled on Tuesday that it violated the terms of his probation and ordered to replace his suspended sentence with a jail term. The judge noted Navalni’s 11 months spent under house arrest as part of the case.

A perennial thorn President Vladimir Putin’s side, Navalny spent five months in Germany recovering from Novichok poisoning before returning to Moscow on 17 January. He has accused Russian security services and Putin himself of assault, an allegation the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

In court, Navalny demanded to know how he could have better told the authorities of his whereabouts during the comatose.

“Can you explain to me that I should fulfill the conditions of my probation and inform me where I am?” He told his glass enclosure in court.

A representative of the Prison Service responded as to why he had not provided documents to explain the serious reasons that prevented him from showing up for inspection.

“Coma?” Navalny shot back. “Why are you sitting here and telling the court that you don’t know where I was? I fell into a coma, then I was in the ICU, then in rehab. I contacted your lawyer to send you notice. Your Got to know., My contact details. What else could I do to inform you? “He said.

“The President of our country said that I was allowed to go to Germany for treatment and you did not even know?”

Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, arrives in court on Tuesday.

In a different outbreak, Navalny described Putin as “a man with little faith in his bunker”, who “doesn’t want me to set foot on the ground in Russia.”

“The reason for this is the hatred and fear of a person who is hidden in the bunker. I have offended him so deeply with the fact that I have survived,” Navalny alleged.

When a prosecutor tried to object, Navalny spoke back: “I don’t need your objections.”

“He can pretend he’s this big politician, world leader, but now my main crime is that he will go down in history as Putin’s poison. Alexander was the Liberator and Yaroslav the Wise, and Vladimir will be the underpants.” Poison, ‚ÄĚNavalny said.

“He is not engaging in geopolitics, he holds meetings to smear underwear with chemical weapons.”

A CNN-Bellingcat Probe In December, Navalny’s poisoning implicated the Russian Security Service (FSB), piecing together how an elite unit of the agency implicated Activist and his team for years, including a trip to Siberia, when Navalny was military-grade. K fell ill after coming in contact with Novichok.
Also naval Cheated an agent Revealing that he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok that applied to his underwear.
Putin himself said in December If Russian security services wanted to kill Navalny, they would “finish work”. Reacting to the investigation at the time, Putin did not dispute any details of the findings, but essentially confirmed that FSB agents had indeed detected Navalny.
Law enforcement officials detained a man outside Moscow City Court on Tuesday ahead of Navalny's hearing.

Mass detention

Tuesday’s hearing opened under heavy security presence, with riot police securing the court building and closing the general area with police vehicles, trucks and vans. The surrounding roads were open but closed to pedestrians and protesters with barricades.

Before the hearing began, CNN reporters saw police detaining dozens of people outside the court.

Russian authorities had repeatedly threatened to send Navalny to prison if he returned to Russia from Germany. Navalny’s lawyers previously told CNN that they had little hope of his release, and criticized the Kremlin’s control of the country’s courts.

In his defense, he argued that the prison service was well aware of Navalni’s whereabouts as he received a notice from her in early December. His lawyers also showed a letter from the Charit√© Clinic in Berlin, showing that he was in rehab until he returned to Russia.

The Kremlin met with Russian protesters over the years with fiery tension

On Sunday, protesters from across the country were met with the most rigorous demonstration of the force in years by Russian security services. According to OVD-Info, a record independent monitoring group following the 2011 protests, more than 5,000 people were detained in at least 85 cities. Navalny led mass protests against Putin’s government in 2017-18.

Most of Navalny’s key aides and some family members have been detained in recent weeks or placed under house arrest, sparking fears of increased political repression. His wife, Yuliya Navalnya, Has been arrested twice since returning to Moscow with her husband. He was released on Sunday shortly after being taken into custody.

“Yulia, they show you on TV and keep talking about your radical behavior. Such a bad girl, I’m proud of you,” Navalny said shortly before he began his trial.

Navalny’s colleagues have already called for another round of nationwide demonstrations over the weekend.

CNN’s Angela Dewan, Ana Chernova and Richard Ellen Green contributed to this report.




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