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Putin's opponent Navalny and his brother convicted in Russia

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Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny (front) and his brother and co-defendant Oleg

Court in Russia on Tuesday, December 30, read out the sentence in a criminal case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother pronouncing them guilty of fraud against two firms.

Alexei Navalny was given a suspended prison sentence of three-and-a-half years, while his brother Oleg is facing a three-and a-half year prison sentence.

Alexei Navalny has consistently described the charges as being politically motivated. He accused President Vladimir Putin’s government of targeting the relatives of his critics.

The brothers were convicted of stealing 30m roubles (434,000 euros) from the firms, one of which is an affiliate of French cosmetics giant Yves Rocher, BBC reports.

Alexei Navalny denounced the verdict as political pressure. He tweeted in Russian: «Of all of the possible types of sentence, this is the meanest.»

Meanwhile, thousands have already said on Facebook that they will attend a rally in Moscow’s Manezh Square, near the Kremlin, on Tuesday evening.

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  1. Linda says:

    Putin must be a very insecure man if he needs to remove all his critics and opposition – obviously Russia still has a long, long way to get to the desired state of democracy. Keep working at it, Vlad.

  2. Ilmars says:

    Not all russians are drunken bums like mike walsh.
    There are many brave russians who are being arrested and jailed for simply expressing their opinions.
    Alexei Navalny will be the best president that russia has ever had.

  3. Ilmars says:

    Mike Walsh is as russian as cheap nasty vodka. “Mike Walsh” is a phoney name he uses so no one will recognize him.
    Navalny advocates russia becoming a european country, joining the EU ,and adopting civilized european policies. Hence the opposition from Putin; the oligarchs ( “swindlers and thieves” according to Navalny) ; and whatever is left of the communist party.
    Navalnys policies will prevail because he has the support of the young , and generational change will see his policies ultimately adopted , although Navalny himself can expect to spend time in jail.
    Russias future lies in Europe , and not with a lawless bunch of paranoid nutcases , crooked oligarchs , and drunks like “mike walsh”.

    • Linda says:

      Russia’s desire to join the EU is not a new thought by the opposition; the current President sought that in the past but did not want to stand in the queue with the rest of Eastern Europe …. thought to fast track to automatic membership with no strings or conditions. The eastern border states are against certain aspects of that membership namely the free roaming access; the ability to buy up whatever Russia desires in Europe and so on. Would have a security impact on the border states. If Russia was a bonafide democratic state with no desires of recreation of soviet/Russian empire then there might not be such great concerns but looking at current actions of Russia, democracy and respect for sovereignty of other states is a long way away regardless of the encumbent in the office of president of Russia.

    • Mike Walsh says:

      There used to be a Mike Walsh. Now there is only “Mike Walsh”. The previous user seems to have abandoned his posturing on this site for good. But I would tend to agree that he was not Russian, just a deluded sympathizer.

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