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World Putin opposition leader Alexey Navalny could be sent to a Russian prison camp within days after losing appeal

16:01  20 february  2021
16:01  20 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Infighting erupts in Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition over Alexei Navalny

  Infighting erupts in Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition over Alexei Navalny Infighting erupts in Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition over Alexei NavalnyMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition plans to convert anger over Alexei Navalny's arrest and jailing into parliamentary seats at the ruling pro-Kremlin party's expense later this year have suffered a setback after an acrimonious outbreak of infighting.

Alexei Navalny looking at the camera: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to one of his lawyers Moscow City Court via AP © Moscow City Court via AP Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to one of his lawyers Moscow City Court via AP
  • Russian opposition leader and Putin critic, Alexey Navalny, likely to be sent to prison camp.
  • Navalny lost his appeal, although a judge reduced his 3-year sentence by six weeks.
  • The former lawyer faces another trial on Saturday, this time for slander.
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Russian opposition leader and vocal Putin critic, Alexey Navalny, lost his court appeal and faces a transfer to a prison camp within days, Reuters reported.

The former lawyer was arrested after landing back in Russia, following his Berlin-based hospitalization. He was being treated for a near-fatal nerve agent attack, that he has blamed on Russian president, Vladimir Putin, The BBC reported.

'Putin is turning his main threat into a martyr': Will attack on Navalny, journalists and 5,700 detained Russians backfire?

  'Putin is turning his main threat into a martyr': Will attack on Navalny, journalists and 5,700 detained Russians backfire? Russian political figure Alexei Navalny's supporters say he was jailed for the crime of daring to survive Vladimir Putin's efforts to poison him."Putin is turning his main threat into a martyr, a kind of Russian Nelson Mandela," said Jaka Bizilj, the director of the Berlin-based humanitarian group Cinema for Peace Foundation, referring to South Africa's anti-apartheid hero and former president.

His arrest, for charges he claims are fabricated, has sparked mass protests across Russia and escalated tensions with Western governments, seeing condemnation from the EU and US, The Guardian reported.

The Kremlin, Russia's government, denies any involvement in his poisoning.

Navalny charges were for breaking the terms of a suspended sentence in 2014 for embezzlement. These required him to report regularly to Russian police; however, he was unable to do so when recovering in Germany.

Navalny called the charges "absurd" as he was unable to report to police during recovery.

"The whole world knew where I was," he said. "Once I'd recovered, I bought a plane ticket and came home," The BBC reported. "The main thing I want to say is don't be afraid," he said, in a speech that cited the Bible, the Harry Potter series and sci-fi cartoon series Rick and Morty.

Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny under threat of detention in forced labor camp

 Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny under threat of detention in forced labor camp © Babuskinsky District Court Press Service via AP Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused of violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence for embezzlement, is held in a glass cell during a court hearing in Moscow on February 16, 2021. Russian opponent Alexei Navalny will appear twice in court, Saturday February 20 , for violation of its judicial review and defamation.

On February 16, the European court of human rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia risked breaching the European Convention on Human Rights if it did not release Navalny immediately, according to Bloomberg. This court decision was rejected by officials in Moscow.

Despite dismissing the appeal, the judge did reduce Navalny's three-year sentence in a penal colony by six weeks, per The BBC.

Navalny is also unlikely to get an early release as he has been labeled an escape threat, the state-run Tass news service reported Friday, citing a member of Russia's Public Oversight Committee.

His defense team said it would appeal Saturday's ruling, Bloomberg reported.

The opposition activist faces a fine of 950,000 rubles ($13,000) in a separate case later on Saturday. He stands accused of slandering a second world war veteran who praised President Putin, per The Guardian.

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Kremlin critic Navalny moved from jail: lawyer .
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred from a Moscow jail to an unknown location, his aides said Thursday, suggesting he may be beginning a prison sentence condemned as politically motivated. Russian President Vladimir Putin's most prominent opponent was this month sentenced to more than two years in a penal colony for breaching his parole terms while recovering in Germany from a poisoning attack. Navalny lawyer Olga Mikhailova said the defence team did not know where Navalny was being taken but suggested he could be transferred to a penal colony."They didn't tell anyone where he is being sent," Mikhailova told AFP.

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