On appeal, a Russian court in Moscow rejected a complaint by opposition leader Alexei Navalny against probation. This was announced by one of the judges on Saturday. The Kremlin critic now faces several years in prison in a concentration camp.
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The process has been criticized as politically motivated. Navalny was convicted in early February of violating probation conditions in a previous criminal case. He was in Germany for treatment after being poisoned. After taking home custody and imprisonment into account, he faces three more and a half years in prison and two more years and eight months to serve. Numerous other activities threaten him.
In front of a court in the northeast of the capital, security forces took a stand, a German newspaper reporter said on the site. Another lawsuit against Navalny was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. At trial he was charged with insulting a 94-year-old man who had served in World War II. The public prosecutor’s office demanded a large fine.
The 44-year-old was brought to court early in the morning from pre-trial detention, photos showed. At the beginning of the trial, reporters from the courtroom reported that Navalny was in a good mood. He referred to the European Court of Human Rights seeking Navalny’s release. The judge said: “We will discuss this later.” (dpa)