Russia: Kremlin critic Navalny given new nine-year sentence, lawyers arrested


Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison after a Russian court found him guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt of court on Tuesday, and police detained both of his lawyers immediately after the hearing.

Navalny was already serving a two-and-a-half year sentence at a prison camp east of Moscow for parole violations related to charges that he says were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions. His current sentence will be incorporated in the one handed down on Tuesday, his lawyers said.

After his sentence was pronounced, Navalny reacted on Twitter: “I want to say: the best support for me and other political prisoners is not sympathy and kind words, but actions. Any activity against the deceitful and thievish Putin’s regime. Any opposition to these war criminals.”

Navalny was jailed last year when he returned to Russia after receiving medical treatment in Germany following an attack with a Soviet-era nerve toxin during a visit to Siberia in 2020. Navalny blamed President Vladimir Putin for the attack.

The Kremlin said it had seen no evidence that Navalny was poisoned and denied any Russian role if he was.


Lawyers for Russian opponent Navalny arrested after trial

Lawyers for Russian opponent Alexei Navalny were arrested on Tuesday outside the penal colony in which he had been sentenced a few minutes earlier to 9 years in prison.

Olga Mikhaïlova

Olga Mikhaïlova and Vadim Kobzev were arrested on the grounds, it seems, that they were obstructing traffic in front of the prison by speaking with the press.



The main opponent of the country, who is already serving a sentence for “fraud”, had been found guilty of “fraud” and “contempt of court”, as many charges he denounces as political.