On Friday, a verdict is expected in the latest trial of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading dissident, who faces alleged charges of extremism, including the “rehabilitation of Nazism” and inciting criminal activities through his NGO, the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
The trial took place at a penal colony about 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Moscow, where Navalny is currently imprisoned, serving an 11-and-a-half-year sentence for previous convictions of parole violation, fraud, and contempt of court.
Navalny’s supporters believe that the prosecutors seek to add 20 years to his sentence. However, the actual number may be academic, as his allies fear that he will remain in prison for the duration of Vladimir Putin’s presidency.
The case has drawn international attention and condemnation, with many viewing the charges as politically motivated to silence Navalny, a prominent critic of the Russian government.
The outcome of the trial is widely anticipated to result in another guilty verdict, extending Navalny’s prison term significantly and further highlighting the ongoing crackdown on dissent in Russia under President Putin’s leadership.
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