President Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny sentenced to 9 years in prison


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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been sentenced to nine years in a maximum-security jail on Tuesday 22.


The prominent Kremlin critic was convicted on fraud charges by Moscow’s Lefortovo court over allegations that he stole from his Anti-Corruption Foundation.


Navalny, 45, is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a detention center east of the Russian capital after being arrested in February 2021 for violating probation terms, a verdict he said was politically motivated.


After Tuesday’s sentence was announced, Navalny wrote on Twitter: “9 years. Well, as the characters of my favorite TV series ‘The Wire’ used to say: ‘You only do two days. That’s the day you go in and the day you come out.'”


He added: “I even had a T-shirt with this slogan, but the prison authorities confiscated it, considering the print extremist.”


The Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported that Navalny, who was also fined 1.2 million rubles (roughly…

Source: Linda Ikeji