A Moscow courtroom on Saturday convicted high Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny of defamation, simply hours after one other courtroom upheld an order for him to serve greater than two years in jail in one other case.
Judge Vera Akimova mentioned Navalny was responsible of defaming a World War II veteran who was amongst a bunch of Russians Navalny referred to as “traitors” for showing in a pro-Kremlin video.
The verdict was nonetheless being learn and a sentence not but imposed, an AFP journalist within the courtroom mentioned.
Prosecutors have requested for Navalny to be fined the equal of $13,000.
Before the decide started studying the decision Navalny made jokes and spoke to reporters from inside his glass field.
“Why are you so sad?” he mentioned, including he was attempting to make ice cream in jail and had already made pickled cucumbers.
Earlier Saturday one other courtroom upheld a ruling to jail 44-year-old Navalny, sealing his first prolonged jail sentence after a decade of authorized battles with Russian authorities.
Navalny was ordered on February 2 to serve the time in a penal colony for breaching his parole phrases whereas he was in Germany recovering from a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.
Supporters of the outspoken opposition determine say the instances are a pretext to silence his corruption exposes and quash his political ambitions.
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