Sputnik MOSCOW CITY COURT
Today, Tuesday, a relevant Moscow court sentenced the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years in prison in a corruption case in which he was previously issued with a suspended sentence, which he recently violated.
The ruling came at the request of the Russian Federal Authority for the Implementation of Sanctions, after confirming that Navalny “repeatedly and systematically violated” the terms of the suspended sentence, even before his transfer to hospital in Germany last summer, without providing any convincing excuses.
A representative of the Sanctions Enforcement Authority stated that Navalny had violated public order about 60 times since the suspended sentence was issued against him about 6 years ago.
The commission requested that the suspended sentence be replaced by a 3.5-year imprisonment with effect, in addition to a fine of 500 thousand rubles (about 6.6 thousand dollars).
The trial took place amid tight security measures in the streets surrounding the court building, where the police detained a number of protesters who violated instructions from the security authorities.
And human rights sources talked about more than 200 detainees, while the “Novosti” agency, quoting a correspondent on the site, stated that the cases of detention are rare and numbered.
Representatives of a number of foreign embassies attended the seat of the court, in a move that the Russian Foreign Ministry described as interfering in the internal Russian affair and “exposing the West to itself in its efforts to deter Russia.”
Navalny was detained at a Moscow airport on January 17, upon his arrival from Berlin, where he received treatment after an alleged poisoning attempt last August.
After Navalny was detained, his supporters organized a series of unauthorized demonstrations in various Russian cities, some marred by confrontations with the police.