MOSCOW (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday requested a Moscow court to fine jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on costs of defaming a World Battle II frail, conserving strain on the high Kremlin foe.
Navalny rejects the accusations of slandering the frail who changed into featured in a video final three hundred and sixty five days promoting constitutional amendments that allowed an extension of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.
Navalny, 44, an anti-corruption investigator and Putin’s most prominent critic, changed into arrested final month upon strolling back from Germany, where he spent five months recuperating from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.
Earlier this month, a Moscow court sentenced Navalny to two years and eight months in penal advanced for violating phrases of his probation while bettering in Germany. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated and the European Court docket of Human Rights has dominated to be unlawful.
For the length of Tuesday’s hearings at Moscow’s Babushkinsky District Court docket, prosecutors requested the to find to utter Navalny to pay a fine of 950,000 rubles (about $13,000) for slandering the 94-three hundred and sixty five days-frail frail. Navalny, who called the frail and varied folks featured in final three hundred and sixty five days’s pro-Kremlin video “mistaken stooges,” “folks with out sense of right and wrong” and “traitors,” rejected the slander costs and described them as allotment of the authorities’ efforts to disparage him.
The following court session is scheduled for Saturday.
Navalny’s arrest and imprisonment triggered a wave of protests for the duration of Russia. The authorities replied with a sweeping crackdown, detaining about 11,000 contributors, many of whom had been fined or handed penal advanced phrases ranging from seven to 15 days.
Russia has rejected Western criticism of Navalny’s arrest and the crackdown on demonstrations as meddling in its internal affairs.