(Moscow) A Russian court on Friday sentenced the brother of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny to a one-year suspended sentence for his alleged role in organizing protests despite the pandemic.
Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 8:54 am
Oleg Navalny, 38, was accused, like several other opposition activists, of calling on Russians to demonstrate for Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on his return to Russia in January after being poisoned in the Kremlin.
The Preobrazhensky Court in Moscow found him guilty of inciting sanitary rule prohibiting gatherings for COVID-19. He was “sentenced to one year in prison,” said his lawyer Nikos Paraskevov on Twitter.
Another ally of Alexei Navalny, Nikolai Liaskine, 39, was sentenced to one year of restricted mobility on Friday for the same reasons.
In particular, he was forbidden from leaving the house, participating in demonstrations or leaving Moscow between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
On Tuesday, a relative of the opponent, Liobov Sobol, was the first to be convicted of this “health affair”.
Other allies of Mr Navalny should follow, including his spokeswoman Kira Iarmych, the coordinator of his team in Moscow Oleg Stepanov or Anastassia Vassilieva at the head of an association of doctors associated with the enemy.
Anti-corruption activist and sworn enemy of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for a 2014 fraud case.
The Russian authorities have been working to dismantle their network in recent months, particularly with the courts classifying their organizations as “extremists” and blocking dozens of related websites.
Many independent and opposition media are also in conflict with the Russian judiciary.
Parliamentary elections are planned in Russia in September.