The suspended sentence for the blogger Alexei Navalny was replaced with a real one, 3 years and 6 months. This decision was made by the Simonovsky District Court of Moscow whose out-of-court hearing in the Yves Rocher case was held today, February 2, at the Moscow City Court.
The court supported the position of the state prosecution that had asked to sentence Navalny to 3.5 years in a minimum-security penal colony. In his final statement, Navalny did not plead guilty, but continued to blame the Russian leadership and Russian President Vladimir Putin personally for his misadventures, to whom he allegedly “caused mortal insult.”
“I am fighting as best I can and will continue to do so. I find myself under the control of those people who smear everything with chemical weapons. And they won’t give three kopecks for my life now, but I will fight you and I urge all of you to fight! There are a lot of good things about Russia, the good things are the people who are not afraid, who don’t look at the table, who will never trade their homeland for vineyards and aquadiscos. My opinion is that I demand my immediate release,” he concluded.
As reported by the media, on December 30, 2014, the Zamoskvoretsky Court in Moscow sentenced Navalny for fraud against Yves Rocher and Multiprocessing Company to three years and six months’ probation with a five-year probation. In 2017, the probation was extended by a year due to systematic failures to appear for registration without valid reasons and repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility.
A representative of the Federal Penitentiary Service asked the court to cancel Navalny’s suspended sentence and execute a real sentence of three years and six months in a general regime penal colony.
“Guided by the principles of humanism, and also hoping that Navalny would take the path of correction and change his attitude toward the sentence, the conditions of his supervision, and the obligations imposed on him by the court, the FSIN did not come forward earlier with a request to replace the suspended sentence with a real one,” said the department official, specifying that these hopes never materialized.
About 20 foreign diplomats and more than 100 journalists came to the out-of-town court session at the Moscow City Court in the case of Alexei Navalny. During the session, supporters of Navalny were repeatedly detained in the vicinity, trying to make their way to the courthouse.
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