Moscow court to begin hearing on Alexei Navalny’s case | World News
The Federal Penitentiary Service demands to replace his suspended sentence with a real one
A court session has begun in Moscow to decide whether it is advisable to imprison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for up to three and a half years..
This comes amid attempts by President Vladimir Putin to quell new protests against his rule..
The court will have to make a decision on the requirements of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) and the prosecutor’s office to replace the suspended sentence with a real term, to which Navalny was sentenced in 2014 on charges of fraud.
FSIN claims he violated probation rules.
The courthouse was heavily guarded, and riot police detained protesters while Navalny’s supporters gathered in the street..
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Navalny, who was wearing a blue sweater and jeans, was placed in a glass booth for the defendant.
He joked with his wife Yulia, who is sitting in the front row, about her being detained at protests after his arrest..
“I’m proud of you,” he said.
A representative of the FSIN in his speech said that Navalny violated the conditions of the probationary period by his sentence, in particular, “violated public order”, and also several times was not noted in the criminal executive inspectorate even before his poisoning and treatment in Germany.
According to a spokesman for the Federal Penitentiary Service, the agency had not previously demanded to replace Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real one, “based on the principles of humanism,” but came to the conclusion that Navalny “did not take the path of correction.”.
The submission about the real term was sent one day before the expiration of Navalny’s probationary period in the case, December 29.
The representative of the FSIN asked to cancel the suspended sentence for Navalny and carry out the real punishment in the form of 3.5 years of imprisonment in a general regime colony. In addition to replacing the suspended sentence with a real one, he also asked the court to fine Navalny 500 thousand rubles.
Navalny himself said that after he was discharged from the clinic, he notified the FSIN of his whereabouts. He also recalled that President Vladimir Putin himself spoke about his stay in Germany..
About 20 representatives of the embassies of different countries, including the USA, Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Austria and Switzerland, arrived at the court session, which caused a sharp reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday that “this is no longer just interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. “
“This is a self-exposure of the unsightly and illegal role of the collective West in attempts to contain Russia. Or is it an attempt at psychological pressure on the judge? ” – pointed out Zakharova.
Meanwhile, at the Moscow City Court, where the meeting is being held, arrests began. According to OVD-Info, police detained 100 protesters.