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© Reuters. Yulia Navalnaya, other half of Russian resistance leader Alexei Navalny, gets to a court structure in Moscow


By Maria Tsvetkova and also Polina Nikolskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court assembled on Tuesday to think about imprisoning Kremlin movie critic Alexei Navalny for as much as 3 and also a fifty percent years in an instance that has actually stimulated across the country demonstrations and also broach brand-new Western assents.

Navalny, among President Vladimir Putin’s most famous movie critics, was jailed at the Russian approach Jan. 17 after returning from Germany where he had actually been recouping from a nerve representative poisoning in Russia.

Navalny implicates Putin of getting his murder, something the Kremlin refutes. It subsequently has actually recommended that Navalny is a possession of America’s Central Intelligence Agency, a fee he declines.

Navalny enjoyed the hearing in Moscow obtain underway from inside a glass cage in the court room. Before process started, he applauded Yulia, his other half, that existed after being fined the previous day for participating in a demonstration to require his launch.

“They said that you had seriously violated public order and were a bad girl. I’m proud of you,” Navalny claimed, by means of a microphone.

Outside, Reuters press reporters saw trouble cops apprehend around 60 of his fans that had actually collected to supply their assistance.

Moscow’s state jail authority implicates Navalny of parole offenses and also desires the court to transform a put on hold sentence he had actually been offering in an embezzlement situation he calls rigged right into an actual prison regard to as much as 3 and also a fifty percent years.

Navalny states he was incapable to report right into the jail solution at the end of in 2014 due to the fact that he was recouping in Germany from being infected.

State district attorneys claimed on Monday that they would certainly ask the court to approve the jail authority’s demand.

Navalny is currently offering out a 1 month apprehension sentence about the very same situation.

Alexei Chesnakov, a political expert near to the Kremlin, claimed on the Telegram carrier solution:

“The question is not whether they will give him (a jail term) or not. They will. They will today. The question is how long for. And when they’ll add more.”

Navalny’s fans have actually presented 2 straight weekend breaks of across the country demonstrations requiring he be released, in spite of a large program of police, the danger of apprehension, bitter chilly and also the pandemic.

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