A Moscow courtroom on Tuesday granted a prosecutors’ request for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to serve jail time for violating the phrases of his parole.
Choose Natalya Repnikova ordered a suspended three-and-a-half-year sentence Navalny acquired in 2014 to be modified to time in a penal colony, an AFP journalist on the courthouse mentioned.
Repnikova mentioned time Navalny beforehand spent beneath home arrest within the sentence would depend as time served, and, in accordance with his staff, that may imply not less than two-and-a-half years in jail now.
Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) instantly referred to as for supporters to protest in central Moscow.
“We’ll the centre of Moscow proper now,” it wrote on Twitter, urging supporters to hitch them.
The 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner was detained on January 17 when he returned to Moscow from Germany, the place he had spent months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning in August that he blames on President Vladimir Putin.
He was charged with violating the phrases of his parole beneath the 2014 suspended sentence on fraud fees, as a result of he didn’t examine in with the jail service whereas in Germany.
The European Court docket of Human Rights in 2017 condemned the ruling within the fraud case as “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable”.
Throughout Tuesday’s listening to Navalny mentioned the case was meant “to intimidate an enormous variety of individuals”.
“They’re placing one particular person behind bars to scare thousands and thousands,” he mentioned.