Moscow Appeals Court Upholds Alexei Navalny’s 19-Year Prison Sentence

A Moscow appeals court has upheld the 19-year prison sentence for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was convicted on extremism-related charges in August. He is already serving a 9-year sentence on fraud and embezzlement charges.

The court stated that Navalny had financed and incited “extremist activities” through his group, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was banned by Russian authorities in 2021 and labeled as extremist. Navalny has consistently denied the charges, asserting that they are politically motivated by the Kremlin to silence him.

The appeal hearing was held in closed session due to concerns that Navalny’s supporters might stage “provocations,” according to Russia’s Interior Ministry. Navalny appeared via video link from a maximum security penal colony in Melekhovo, approximately 150 miles east of Moscow, where he is currently detained. Following the court’s decision, he will be transferred to a different maximum security facility.

In addition to Navalny’s sentence, the appeals court also upheld an 8-year prison term for Daniel Kholodniy, a former employee of Navalny’s YouTube channel.

Navalny’s 19-year sentence will include the time he has already served since his arrest on January 17, 2021. This latest conviction marks his fifth in recent years. The U.S. State Department previously condemned Navalny’s August sentencing, describing it as an “unjust conclusion to an unjust trial” and calling for his release.

 

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