The Russian Prosecutor’S Office Has Demanded The Imprisonment Of Alexei Navarni

2021-02-02   |   by CusiGO

Alexei navani faces a crucial trial on Tuesday. With tensions between the Kremlin and the activist’s supporters mounting, Russia’s prosecutor’s office has demanded up to three years in prison for the opposition leader. Navani, 44, has been accused of repeatedly violating the 2014 probation and probation provisions for fraud because he did not attend judicial review. The opponent has just returned to Moscow from Germany, where he recovered from the severe poisoning he suffered in Siberia this summer, and he was arrested, claiming the charges were another political persecution to suppress him. The anti-corruption activist appeared in the Moscow court, where his supporters were summoned, and security forces surrounded the court. There are at least 20 detainees.

Anger at navani’s new trial, which has been in pre-trial detention for 30 days since January 18, has sparked anti Kremlin protests that have rocked Russia over the past two weekends. More than 5100 detainees across the country were arrested on Sunday after unprecedented police deployment and severe police crackdown failed to quell demonstrations in Russia’s major cities, some using violence, batons and stun guns.

For years, the Russian government has been trying to ignore the opposition and has been defending a tough policy against protests banned by the authorities. Dmitri Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, commented that the police response on Sunday was “tough but legal” and that the protestors “must be treated with the full force of the law.”. “It is unacceptable that many hooligans and demagogues have more or less taken aggressive actions against law enforcement officials. So it’s natural for the police to take action, “he commented on Monday. According to Agora, a professional organization, the Russian authorities have filed 18 criminal cases against participants in the protests in 18 regions.

Known for exposing the corruption of Russia’s political and economic elites, navani has become the most eye-catching critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition to Tuesday’s judicial proceedings, the dissident faces other serious large-scale fraud charges and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Russia’s attorney general Igor Krasnov’s office issued a statement Monday defending navani’s imprisonment in Monday’s case. He asked for the reinstatement of the first three and a half years of imprisonment suspended in 2014 at the request of the Moscow prison service, which has placed navani on the wanted list because he did not participate in the above review while in Germany, and he was released from prison in the summer of 2014 Siberia. The prison Department said it was impossible to know where he was. Krasnov said the detention request was a “legitimate and well founded” measure. “The prosecution intends to defend its position at the court hearing,” he stressed.

In 2017, the European Court of human rights announced that the case behind the charges against navani was “unfair and arbitrary”, which further exacerbated the anxiety of Russian citizens. The Strasbourg based court ruled that Russia had violated Alexei navalny and his brother Oleg’s right to a fair trial, In the same case, they were also convicted of fraud in connection with the cosmetics company Ives Rocher, in which they were charged with “failing to meet their company’s contractual obligations to the French cosmetics giant.”. Strasbourg ruled that Russia must pay each of the navarni brothers 10000 euros in damages and repay their legal costs: 45000 euros for Alexei navarni and 18000 euros for Oleg.

But the case is still in the fridge. At the end of last year, he resurrected and filed a new lawsuit against the opposition, which is adding charges that could keep him away not only from politics, but also from the streets. The prosecutor’s office asked him to serve a sentence in a criminal colony (a prison where he also works).

The European Union and the United States criticized Russia’s crackdown on peaceful protests and demanded the release of navani. Navani’s main ally has also been prosecuted and is currently under house arrest and solitary confinement. On Monday, on the eve of the visit of Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative for foreign policy, to Moscow, Martina fietz, deputy spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, called for an end to “disproportionate actions against political protestors” and condemned the use of violence. “The detainees must be released immediately,” he claimed.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of state, also accused Russia of its reaction. “The arrest, the violence used by the police is very disturbing,” he said in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday. He said the protests triggered by navani’s arrest reflected “the Russian people’s disappointment with corruption and autocracy.”.