Russia Arrests Prominent Opposition Activist in Moscow

Russian authorities arrested prominent opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza near his home in Moscow on April 11, his long-time lawyer told independent news outlet Sota.

Kara-Murza’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said that Kara-Murza, 40, had been arrested late on April 11 on charges of disobeying police orders.

Kara-Murza could face up to 15 years in jail or a small fine, The Guardian reported.

Aleksander Podrabinek, a prominent Russian human rights activist, went to the Khamovniki police station to support Kara-Murza.

“It seems to me that they are very annoyed by his behavior and actions with regard to the taking up of sanctions against Russia and for other reasons,” Podrabinek told Sota, as translated by Insider.

“But mostly I think they are outraged by his courage,” Podrabinek further said.

It is unclear if Kara-Murza’s arrest was linked to his opposition of the Russian invasion on Ukraine, but it comes amid a crackdown on independent media and anti-war dissent.

Kara-Murza has been a vocal opponent of the Russian invasion on Ukraine. He launched an anti-war committee with other Russian leading opposition figures.

Earlier in the day, Kara-Murza appeared on CNN and described the Kremlin as a “regime of murderers.”

Kara-Murza has previously said that he was deliberately poisoned twice, in 2015 and in 2017, for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kara-Murza nearly died from kidney failure due to the first poisoning incident. The second incident left him in a medically induced coma for several days.

Kara-Murza is one of the few opposition figures still living in Russia. Several left the country due to safety concerns after authorities arrested Alexei Navalny last year.

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