Navalni: “Putin will go down in history as a poisoner”

Alexei Navalni, the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

The sentencing follows allegations that Navalni violated the probation of a suspended sentence for a 2014 money laundering conviction when he went to Germany to recover from poisoning.

The 44-year-old activist was arrested while trying to return to Moscow from Berlin on January 17. In a statement, he said that “Putin will go down in history as a poisoner” and has assured that the Kremlin imprisons him to intimidate the crowd. Furthermore, Navalni blames the Kremlin for the attack with Novichok that nearly cost him his life and which the Russian authorities deny.

Navalni accuses Putin of trying to “intimidate millions of people” by sending him to prison. About twenty foreign envoys attended the hearing at the Moscow City Court. While the arrest warrant was being read, Navalni pointed to his wife Yulia in the courtroom and traced the outline of a heart on a glass cage where he was being held.

Navalni’s lawyers have ten days to appeal the ruling

About twenty foreign envoys attended the hearing at the Moscow Court. The Russian spokeswoman accused the observers sent by the West of trying to tie up Russia.

“” We will appeal and report to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in charge of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Russia has not complied with the decision that ruled the Navalni case illegal in 2014, “said Olga Mikhailova, the lawyer for the opposition Navalni.

Navalni: “Putin will go down in history as a poisoner”

The 44-year-old activist said that President Putin will go down in history as a poisoner and declared: “The most remarkable thing about this audience is not how it ends for me, whether they will imprison me or not. It is not that difficult to imprison me for this u another charge. The objective of that hearing is to intimidate and scare a lot of people. That’s how it works, you imprison one, to scare millions. “

Some three hundred people were arrested, despite the fact that riot police cut off access to the surroundings of the court.

Strong reactions at the international level

The reactions have been blunt. The Council of Europe says the ruling violates Russia’s human rights obligations. The European Council will not accept the judgment.

And the US secretary of state said he was “deeply concerned about Russia’s actions.”

Last Sunday, more than 5,000 people were arrested for their support of Navalni, according to the political persecution monitoring organization OVD-Info.