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Navalny tells judge ‘you, your system and Putin are traitors against Russia’ as he loses appeal

Unsurprisingly, jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny lost his legal appeal against a nine-year prison sentence on Tuesday when he criticized the judge as a “traitor to Russia.”

President Vladimir Putin’s main enemy appeared at the Moscow City Court hearing via video link from his penal colony and took the opportunity to tell the judge: “You, your system and Putin are traitors against the Russian people”.

His sentence came as the Kremlin seeks to silence remaining critics of the government inside Russia as it continues its military offensive in neighboring Ukraine.

A Moscow court has ruled to “leave the sentence unchanged” and to take effect immediately, meaning the embattled Russian opposition leader will be transferred to a strict regime penal colony with harsh conditions, including few family visits.

In late March, Navalny had his sentence extended to nine years after he was found guilty of embezzlement and contempt of court on what his allies say are trumped-up charges to eliminate a dangerous opponent to the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin’s main foe appeared at the Moscow City Court hearing via video link from behind bars at his prison colony outside Moscow, wearing a black prisoner’s uniform and jacket. jacket with fur collar.

At a hearing yesterday, Putin critic Alexei Navalny had his sentence of nine years in prison in a penal colony upheld by a Moscow court.

At a hearing yesterday, Putin critic Alexei Navalny had his sentence of nine years in prison in a penal colony upheld by a Moscow court.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen via a video link from the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen via a video link from the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov.

He used the hearing as an opportunity to speak to the media and once again criticize Vladimir Putin and the Russian state for the crimes and corruption he and his allies accuse him of.

He used the hearing as an opportunity to speak to the media and once again criticize Vladimir Putin and the Russian state for the crimes and corruption he and his allies accuse him of.

President Vladimir Putin's main foe appeared at the Moscow City Court hearing via video link from behind bars at his prison colony outside Moscow, wearing a black prison uniform and jacket. jacket with fur collar.

President Vladimir Putin’s main foe appeared at the Moscow City Court hearing via video link from behind bars at his prison colony outside Moscow, wearing a black prison uniform and jacket. jacket with fur collar.

Navalny wore a black prison uniform.

He was in a good mood during the hearing.

The opposition politician was serene during the hearing, even joking about the problems with the sound system.

Vladimir Putin has moved aggressively to get rid of Navalny, a long-term thorn in the side who has consistently exposed Kremlin corruption and challenged his rule.

Vladimir Putin has moved aggressively to get rid of Navalny, a long-term thorn in the side who has consistently exposed Kremlin corruption and challenged his rule.

He dismissed his trial as ‘meaningless’ and said: ‘I despise your court, your system.’

“It is you, your system and Putin who are traitors against the Russian people,” Navalny, 45, said.

“I am ready to sit in jail to show that not everyone in Russia is like this.”

Navalny used his speech to condemn the Kremlin and its military campaign in Ukraine.

“What Putin is doing makes no sense,” he said.

‘A mad robber has taken over Ukraine and no one understands what he wants to do with it.’

The opposition politician was calm during the hearing, even joking about problems with the sound system.

‘Your time will pass and you will burn in hell,’ he concluded his speech.

Navalny, a long-standing thorn in the side of Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin, was arrested upon his return to Russia in January 2021 on charges of violating bail conditions for a previous dubious fraud conviction.

He was charged with breaching bail conditions after he was flown to Germany for emergency treatment in August 2020 after the Kremlin poisoned him with Novichok.

Navalny managed to have a family reunion before being transferred to another colony.  In the picture: Navalny with his wife Yulia, right, his daughter Daria and his son Zakhar in 2019

Navalny managed to have a family reunion before being transferred to another colony. In the picture: Navalny with his wife Yulia, right, his daughter Daria and his son Zakhar in 2019

In late March, his jail time was extended to nine years after he was convicted of embezzlement of donations to his political organizations and contempt of court.

He was already serving two and a half years in a prison about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Moscow for violating parole on old fraud charges.

The new sentence will replace the one he received in February 2021, so Navalny will remain behind bars for another eight years.

The hearings began last week, but Navalny was granted a week’s reprieve so he could have a family visit.

Navalny’s constant and consistent accusations of corruption against Putin and the Russian state were echoed by Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev, 41, who resigned on Monday after 20 years in the diplomatic service.

He sent a letter to 40 diplomats saying he had never been ‘so ashamed of my country’ following Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

In the letter, he condemns ‘the war of aggression unleashed by Putin against Ukraine and, indeed, against the entire western world’.

Bondarev added that those those who conceived the war “want only one thing: to remain in power forever, to live in pompous and insipid palaces, to sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, to enjoy unlimited power and total impunity.”

Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev, 41, (pictured) resigned Monday morning after 20 years in the diplomatic service before sending a letter to 40 diplomats saying he had never been

Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev, 41, (pictured) resigned Monday morning after 20 years in the diplomatic service before sending a letter to 40 diplomats saying he had never been “so ashamed of my country” following Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Navalny rests his arms on prison bars during an appeal hearing against the nine-year prison sentence he received in March after being found guilty of embezzlement and contempt of court, in Moscow.

Navalny rests his arms on prison bars during an appeal hearing against the nine-year prison sentence he received in March after being found guilty of embezzlement and contempt of court, in Moscow.

Navalny’s lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, told the court that the sentence should be annulled because it is “unfair” and “contradicts international law”, while the prosecutor called it “legal and justified”.

Navalny alleged that his legal team “caught Judge (Margarita) Kotova right in the middle of the trial calling someone from the presidential administration.”

Navalny rose to fame as an anti-corruption blogger and, prior to his imprisonment, mobilized anti-government protests across Russia.

In 2020, he narrowly survived a poisoning attack with Novichok, a Soviet-designed military-grade nerve agent. Despite Navalny’s accusations, the Kremlin denied any involvement.

He was arrested last year while returning from treatment in Germany, prompting widespread condemnation abroad and sanctions from Western capitals.

In 2018, he campaigned as a presidential candidate but was barred from running in elections in which Putin secured a fourth term in power.

Navalny’s political organizations across the country have been declared “extremist” and shut down.

His key allies have fled Russia, and several are wanted by Russian authorities on criminal charges.

Navalny’s team continues to publish investigations into the wealth of Russia’s elites that have garnered millions of views on YouTube.

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