Russia: Top opposition figure loses fight over prison terms

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MOSCOW –


Russia’s most outstanding opposition chief, Alexei Navalny, misplaced one other court docket fight to protest his prison situations Thursday.


A decide within the Vladimir area’s metropolis of Kovrov dismissed Navalny’s protest in opposition to his confinement in a punishment cell, not less than the second time it has rejected such a grievance from the dissident.


Navalny, who appeared in court docket through video-call from prison, is serving a nine-year sentence within the maximum-security IK-6 prison within the Vladimir area’s village of Melekhovo, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Moscow.


“I’ll by no means get out of the punishment cell! Make some choices, in any other case I’ll dwell right here ceaselessly!” Navalny mentioned, at one level laughing.


Navalny, 46, was arrested in Russia in January 2021 upon coming back from Germany, the place he had been recuperating from nerve-agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.


He was given a two-and-half-year sentence for a parole violation.


In March, Navalny was sentenced to 9 years in prison on prices of fraud and contempt of court docket, allegations he rejected as politically motivated and an try by the authorities to maintain him behind bars for so long as doable.

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