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Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, lost his appeal against a 19-year sentence added to his previous sentence last month.
The Court of Appeal’s ruling upholds the latest sentence imposed on August 4, after Navalny was convicted on six charges related to “extremism”. “Meduza” notes that according to the text of the sentence, there is a change: Navalny is no longer perceived as a “particularly dangerous recidivist”, but simply as “dangerous”.
Navalny’s hearing by video link was closed to the media except for the reading of the verdict, despite protests from Navalny and his lawyers.
Before that, the politician had already been sentenced to 11 and a half years in the 6th penal colony, about 235 km east of Moscow, on fraud and other charges that he and his associates said were politically motivated.
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Daniel Kholodny, a television technician who worked for Navalny on his video production “Navalny Live,” was sentenced to eight years in prison in August as part of the same trial. His appeal was also dismissed.
The defense plans to appeal to a cassation instance.
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