A court in Moscow has sentenced the opposition figure to nine years in prison
Alexei Navalny © Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday in a fraud and contempt of court case. He is already serving a 2.8 year term under a separate sentence. He pleaded not guilty during the trial.
The Lefortovo court in Moscow agreed with the prosecution, which argued that in some cases, large donations to Navalny’s anti-corruption and political campaigning organizations were used by him and his co-conspirators to cover personal expenses. Navalny was ordered to pay a $11,500 fine in addition to serving time behind bars.
Part of the punishment is over Navalny’s previous behavior in the courtroom. When he was tried for insulting a war veteran, the activist denounced the proceedings as illegitimate and used disparaging language towards the judge. At one point, he addressed her by the rank of a Nazi officer.
The same court found him guilty on all counts earlier on Tuesday. The sentence can be appealed.