A Moscow court on Saturday rejected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s appeal against his prison sentence, despite the country facing an order from the European Supreme Court demanding the release of the Kremlin’s most famous enemy.
Navalny gave a speech before the verdict, urging the Russians to stand up against the Kremlin in a heated speech, which mentioned the Bible and “Harry Potter.”
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A lower court was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison by Navani for violating the period of probation earlier this month, and he recovered from nerve agent poisoning in Germany. He was blamed on the Kremlin. The Russian authorities rejected the accusation.
Navani, 44, is an anti-corruption martyr and President Vladimir Putin̵
The arrest and imprisonment of human rights activists sparked a wave of protests throughout Russia. The authorities cracked down on this and detained approximately 11,000 people, many of whom were fined or sentenced to 7 to 15 days in prison.
Navalny quoted the Bible as well as “Harry Potter” and the animated sitcom “Rick and Morty” in his speech before the verdict. He urged the Russians to resist pressure from the authorities and challenged the Kremlin to build a fairer one. A more prosperous country.
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He said: “The task of the government is to scare you and then convince you to be alone.” When mentioning Putin, he added: “Our Voldemort in his palace also wants me to feel isolated from the world.”
He continued: “Life is adventure.” “Otherwise, you are just a bunch of inert blocks of inertly assembled molecules, and they will drift no matter where the universe is blowing on you.”
Navalny also addressed the judges and prosecutors, saying that they could live a better life in New Russia.
He said: “Imagine how good life would be if you didn’t keep lying.” “Imagine how great it would be to be a judge when no one can call you and direct you to issue a ruling.”
He insisted that during his convalescence in Germany after the poisoning, he could not report to the authorities in accordance with the requirements of probation, emphasizing that he should return to Russia as soon as his health permits.
He said: “I did not hide.” “The whole world knows where I am.”
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Navani said that he was an atheist before, but he had believed in God, and added that his faith helped him face the challenge. He said that he believes the Bible says that those who desire and yearn for justice are blessed, and he does not regret returning home.
Navalny said in court: “Although our country is built on injustice and we all face inequality, we have also seen millions demand justice. “They want justice, sooner or later. They will have justice. “
Russia has rejected Western criticism of Navalny’s arrest and suppression of demonstrations because it interfered in its internal affairs.
In its ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to release Navani with “the nature and extent of threat to the applicant’s life”. The Strasbourg court stated that Navalny had challenged the arguments of the Russian authorities, who stated that they had taken sufficient measures to protect his life and well-being in detention after the nerve agent attack.
The Russian government rejected the request of the court in Strasbourg, saying that the ruling was an illegal and “intolerable” interference in Russian affairs.
In the past, Moscow has complied with ECHR’s rulings, which is to provide compensation to Russian citizens whose verdicts were disputed in Russian courts, but it has never faced a request from the European Court of Justice to release convicted criminals.
Russia has long been annoyed by the Strasbourg court’s decision, which shows that Russia passed a constitutional amendment last year declaring that national legislation takes precedence over international law. Russian authorities may now use this clause to reject ECHR’s ruling.
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Later Saturday, Navalny will face a lawsuit in another case on charges of slandering veterans of the Second World War. Navalny referred to the 94-year-old veteran and others as “corrupt idiots”, “people with no conscience” and “traitors” in a pro-Kremlin video. He rejected the defamation charge and described it as an official effort a part of.Belittle him