Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed for nine years in Russian 'sham' trial – BBC News

Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed for nine years in Russian 'sham' trial – BBC News

Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed for nine years in Russian 'sham' trial – BBC News – Latest News Today

The most prominent opposition figure to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of fraud and contempt of court.

He has been sentenced to nine years in a “strict regime penal colony” in a case rejected by supporters as fabricated.

Navalny was detained when he returned to Russia last year, after surviving a poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin. He is already serving three and a half years in jail for breaking bail conditions while in hospital.

Prosecutors accused him of stealing $4.7m (£3.5m) of donations given to his now banned organisations, including his anti-corruption foundation.

Delivering her verdict, Judge Margarita Kotova said Navalny had carried out “the theft of property by an organised group”.

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