Kremlin critic, dealing with expenses of insulting a WWII veteran, says the case is politically motivated.
Russian opposition chief Alexey Navalny has appeared in a Moscow courtroom dealing with expenses of insulting a World Warfare II veteran, after being ordered to jail in a separate case that sparked world outrage and mass protests in Russia
The listening to got here a bit over one week after the 44-year-old opposition chief, a persistent thorn within the facet of President Vladimir Putin, was sentenced to serve practically three years in jail.
Closely-armed riot police surrounded the courtroom earlier than Friday’s listening to and arrange cordons outdoors.
The Kremlin critic was charged after he criticised a video broadcast by state media final yr, wherein a number of residents spoke out in favour of adjusting Russia’s structure – a change critics say cemented President Vladimir Putin’s management of the federal government.
Navalny tweeted a clip of the video, calling the individuals who appeared in it “traitors”. One was a veteran who had fought in World Warfare II and stated he was so offended by Navalny’s feedback that they led his well being to deteriorate, prompting him to press defamation expenses.
Navalny on Friday informed the decide that she was chosen for the trial as a result of she was “probably the most unscrupulous decide on the earth” and may return to high school to develop into higher acquainted with Russian legal guidelines.
Navalny has denied the accusations and stated the case was politically motivated.
His lawyer known as the trial one other try to silence Navalny, a vocal critic of Putin.
Navalny has additionally instructed that the 94-year-old veteran was mentally unable to observe the trial and is a “puppet” within the proceedings.
The veteran had tuned in to the proceedings’ first day by video from his residence, however didn’t seem on Friday. As a substitute, his lawyer learn his biography for 20 minutes and highlighted his wartime achievements – which Navalny complained had nothing to do with the trial at hand.
A number of witnesses had been known as to testify in opposition to Navalny on Friday; nonetheless, one who needed to testify in his defence was initially not allowed in. Navalny complained the older man had been left outdoors in -15C climate on function and chastised the courtroom.
If convicted, Navalny might face fines, obligatory labour or jail.
Navalny has already been sentenced to nearly three years in jail in a separate case, on expenses of violating parole for a fraud conviction.
This was although he couldn’t report back to parole officers as a result of he needed to be taken to Germany whereas comatose after an assault with a nerve agent, then stayed there to recuperate for a number of months. The assault has extensively been blamed on Russian brokers.
Navalny was instantly arrested on returning to Russia, resulting in large protests throughout the nation.
His supporters are planning a decentralised, peaceable protest motion on Sunday to make it tougher for police to arrest them. Supporters throughout Russia plan stand in entrance of their properties and maintain torches aloft.