New Russian Case Registered Against Navalny

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New Russian Case Registered Against Navalny

By RFE/RL's Russian Service May 25, 2023

The Moscow City Court on May 25 registered a new criminal case against jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.

According to court documents, Navalny now faces charges of creating an extremist group, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; calls for extremism; creating a nonprofit organization that violates citizens' rights; financing extremism; involving a minor in criminal activities; and rehabilitating Nazism.

Also, a case accusing Navalny of terrorism will be looked into separately, it said.

Trial dates have not yet been set.

Navalny said in April that a new probe on terrorism charges had been launched against him, calling it "absurd."

Navalny also said that another case charging him with propagating terrorism and Nazism was launched in October over his self-exiled associates' statements on the Popular Politics YouTube channel.

The comments criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government and condemned Moscow's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed in April that Navalny's associates, along with Ukraine's secret services, were involved in the assassination of pro-Kremlin journalist and propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky in Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg.

Navalny has been in prison since February 2021, after he was arrested a month earlier upon his return to Russia from Germany -- where he had been undergoing treatment for a near-fatal poisoning with a Novichok-type nerve agent that he says was ordered by Putin.

The Kremlin has denied any role in Navalny's poisoning, even though experts say only state actors have access to the military-grade nerve agent.

Many of Navalny's close associates fled the country under pressure from Russian authorities.

With reporting by Mediazona

Source: navalny-new-case/32428002.html

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