Navalny, appeal request rejected: 19-year sentence executed

A Russian court has rejected opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s appeal against his 19-year prison sentence under a special regime for “extremism”. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmish announced this on social media. The sentence then comes into force. Now Navalny is awaiting transfer from a maximum security colony to a special security colony. This means, among other things, that you will receive fewer visits from relatives and receive less correspondence.

The trial took place behind closed doors to avoid alleged possible “provocations” by the defendant’s supporters, reported the newspaper SotaVision. Navalny, who attended the hearing via videoconference, has been in prison for two and a half years. He was arrested in January 2021, returning to Moscow from Berlin, where he was treated for poisoning. Multiple sources have always attributed responsibility for what happened to Navalny to the Russian secret services. The opponent has long complained of having suffered abuse in prison.

Source: IL Tempo