The Court of Appeal upheld the verdict against Alexei Navalny

The defense of Alexei Navalny lost the appeal against the verdict of the Lefortovo court. In late March, he was found guilty of fraud and contempt of court.

Alexei Navalny (on screen)

On Tuesday, May 24, the Moscow City Court rejected the appeal of Alexei Navalny's lawyers against the verdict of the Lefortovo Court, handed down in March of this year, reported

At the last meeting, the consideration was postponed for a week at the request of Navalny, he justified this by the fact that he was not familiar with the audio recording of the sentencing, in which his defense had previously found inaccuracies, as well as arrangements for a meeting with his family

At the end of March The Lefortovo District Court sentenced Alexei Navalny at an off-site hearing held in Correctional Colony No. 2 in the Vladimir Region. Navalny was sentenced to 9 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1.2 million rubles.

Then the judge reported that “Navalny committed fraud, that is, theft of other people's property by deception.” He was found guilty on all four counts of large-scale fraud imputed to him (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code). Even at the stage of arraignment, the prosecutor stated that Navalny was not engaged in the fight against corruption, but “only discredited the authorities and committed crimes deliberately, driven by a sense of his own exclusivity.” The verdict stated that Navalny participated in the creation of Internet sites and social networks that contained exposing information about the corruption of officials and forms for collecting donations. According to investigators, these Internet resources were part of a plan to embezzle money.

“You brought materials to the court about four people who made donations of 2 million rubles. And one of them— this is a locksmith who made a donation of 1 million rubles, and two weeks later wrote a statement, and the next day a criminal case was initiated, — Navalny said in court. He called the arguments of the investigation evidence of the transparency of the work of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (recognized by the court as an extremist organization and banned in Russia). that he discredited the Russian judicial system with his statements during the libel trial against 95-year-old veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko Navalny. In both cases, the oppositionist pleaded not guilty, linking the charges to his political activities.

Lawyer Olga Mikhailova said that nine years of imprisonment included the term of imprisonment, which was provided for by the earlier verdict in the Yves Rocher case. In this case, Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. In February 2021, the suspended sentence was replaced with a real one.

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