POISONED Putin critic Alexei Navalny faces up to 13 years in a penal colony after being found guilty of ‘made up’ charges of fraud today.
The Kremlin’s brave nemesis, already behind bars and barred from running, has been convicted by a Russian court of large-scale fraud and contempt.
Prosecutors now want to lock him up in a high-security colony to finally silence his courageous campaign against Putin.
Navalny, 45, was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering an attempt to kill him with the nerve gas Novichok.
He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for violating bail conditions while he was critically ill in hospital.
Navalny was put on trial again last month on charges of fraud at the high-security prison east of Moscow, where he is being held.
He was accused of stealing £3.5million in donations to his political organisations.
Proponents say the charges are “fabricated” and the trial is an attempt to uphold it Putin’s strongest critic locked up for as long as possible.
Today, Judge Margarita Kotova found Navalny guilty of fraud, saying he committed “theft of property by an organized group”.
She also found him guilty of contempt of court after allegedly insulting a judge in a previous case.
Navalny, looking gaunt in prison garb, folded his arms and grinned as the verdict was announced.
The verdict has not yet been announced, but the judge is expected to follow the prosecutor’s recommendation.
Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said he faces transfer to a maximum security colony with much stricter conditions than his current harsh prison.
She claimed that not only was his freedom at stake but also his life because his accusers had already tried to kill him in Siberia.
Ms Yarmysh added that the entire case was bogus and that while the world’s attention was on Ukraine, “another egregious crime was being committed in Russia”.
Amnesty International also dismissed the trial as a sham trial, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned it as incompatible with the rule of law.
Navalny himself gave several lengthy speeches during the trial, in which he described the charges against him as politically motivated.
Despite being in prison, he has called on his supporters to take to the streets against Putin Killing of civilians in Ukraine.
His supporters also embarrassed Putin reveals he owned a £1billion palace on the Black Sea complete with a stripper pole.
And yesterday her Posted online “proof” that Putin is the real owner of a £530million yacht crewed by Russian intelligence agents.
They claim that Putin has made himself and his cronies immensely rich by using state resources.
After Navalny’s arrest last January, the authorities unleashed a crackdown on his associates and supporters.
His The closest allies have left Russia after facing trumped up criminal charges.
And its anti-corruption foundation and a network of nearly 40 regional offices have been ostracized as “extremist.”
The Kremlin denies any involvement in the poisoning of opposition leader Navalny, who has become Putin’s harshest domestic political critic.
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