The Moscow City Court on Tuesday, February 2, sentenced opposition politician Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in a general regime colony. This is reported by the RT TV channel.
The court also decided to set off the 10-month term spent by Navalny under house arrest as punishment. Thus, the oppositionist will have to spend two years and 8 months behind bars.
The case of replacing the suspended sentence with a real one for Alexei Navalny in the Yves Rocher Vostok case was considered in the Moscow City Court within one day, on February 2. In 2014, the politician was sentenced to 3.5 years probation with a five-year probation period; later, due to violations, the sentence was extended for another year, until December 29, 2020. The Federal Penitentiary Service, which came up with a proposal to replace the conditional sentence with a real one, said that Navalny repeatedly violated his obligations to appear at the criminal executive inspection. The position of the FSIN was also supported by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
Navalny was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, immediately upon arrival in Moscow from Berlin, where he had been undergoing treatment at the Charite clinic since August 22 after an alleged poisoning. On January 18, by the decision of a court hearing at the Khimki police department, the oppositionist was arrested until February 15.