Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny Sentenced to 3.5 Years

Kremlin critic and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment in a penal colony for allegedly violating the terms of his probation.

Navalny was accused of violating a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement after missing several scheduled parole meetings with Russia’s prison service while he was hospitalized due to Novichok poisoning. 

“I was in a coma,” answered Navalny when he was asked about why he did not attend the meetings. 

Navalny will only spend two and a half years in prison because he has already served one year under house arrest.

Police have closed Moscow’s Red Square during the trial after Navalny’s supporters held demonstrations demanding his release.

At least 237 protesters have been detained by police while Navalny was on trial. 

“It’s easy to lock me up. The main thing in this process is to intimidate a huge number of people, this is how it works. They are putting one person behind bars to scare millions,” said Navalny during the trial. 

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