Navalny Sentenced: Stalinist 19-Year Prison Term

This Friday, August 4, 2023, Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 19 years in prison for “extremism” after his trial behind closed doors.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was sentenced to an additional 19 years in prison on Friday in a case that his allies and him denounce as a maneuver to keep him in prison and keep him out of politics.

“A Stalinist sentence”

The court of the IK-6 penal colony in the city of Melekhovo, located 235 km east of Moscow, where he is serving his sentence, tried him on Friday for six separate charges, namely for incitement and financing of extremist activities and the creation of an extremist organization.

Navalny’s team said the judge added 19 years to his sentence following the new charges, while the national prosecutor’s office asked the court to extend his prison term by 20 years. Thursday, Alexeï Navalny had indicated that he feared a “Stalinist sentence”.

Judged for his “extremism”

A main critic of President Vladimir Putin, the 47-year-old lawyer is already serving a sentence of more than 11 years in prison following separate legal proceedings, for fraud and other charges, which he described as sham. His political movement was also outlawed as “extremist”.

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