Russia’s major opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, has been sent to 9 years in prison in a fraud lawsuit that his supporters claimed were falsified.
Navalny was taken into custody last year just after narrowly escaping death through a poisoning he alleged was Kremlin’s doing.
According to BBC News, he was serving a sentence of 3 and a half years in prison for breaking the rules of bail while at the hospital before the new lawsuit found him guilty of fraud.
He was accused of claiming about $4.7million of donations given to his currently banned anti-corruption organisation.
Judge Margarita Kotova gave the verdict stating that Navalny had stolen from ‘an organised group.
The opposition figure shrugged off his sentence as he tweeted in both Russian and English:
“9 years. Well, as the characters of my favourite TV series “The Wire” used to say: “You only do two days. That’s the day you go in and the day you come out”
I even had a T-shirt with this slogan, but the prison authorities confiscated it, considering the print extremist”.
According to political analysts, the verdict would not shock people who had been following Navalny’s case.
Russia declared his FBK anti-corruption organisation an extremist group. In the middle of the tension, he was poisoned while at the same time imprisoned.
Amidst being in prison he called for protests to counter the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Speculations are that this mounted on his recent prison sentence.
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