Another Navalny ally placed restrictions on protests

FILE PHOTO: Lyubov Sobol, a Russian opposition figure and a close ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, speaks with journalists after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia April 15, 2021. Russian state investigators accused Sobol of violently entering a flat reportedly owned by the family of a man, who Navalny and his supporters had said was an FSB security service officer involved in his poisoning. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo

MOSCOW — Alexei Navalny received Monday’s sentence from a Moscow court.
He is an ally of the opposition leader. It was sentenced to 1 1/2 years with parole-like terms. This controversial case was brought up after the spring protests. Kira Yarmysh was Navalny’s spokesperson. She was also close with Navalny. She was not permitted to travel outside Moscow or to other areas. She was also not allowed to travel without notifying law enforcement. Yarmuth must also check in with the police at least once a month. Veronika Polyakova Yamysh, Veronika’s lawyer, informed Interfax that the defense would appeal against the verdict. LyubovSobol, who was sentenced to 18-months of similar restrictions, was found guilty two weeks ago. Oleg Navalny was also found guilt by Navalny’s younger brother.

He was sentenced to a year with suspended sentences. Many of Navalny’s closest aides were brought to the court after protests in Russia against his arrest and imprisonment. Navalny is the most hated political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was only a week away from Germany when he returned and was taken into police custody. After recovering from nerve agent poisoning for five months, he turned to the Kremlin. Russian officials refute this accusation. Navalny was sentenced to 2 1/2 years imprisonment in February for violating the suspended sentence he received from his 2014 embezzlement conviction.

He dismissed the sentence as politically motivated. The Kremlin was faced with a significant challenge after mass protests against his imprisonment and arrest. Navalny’s closest friends were detained and tried by the authorities. Sobol and others were charged with encouraging protesters to the coronavirus regulations. The crackdown against Navalny’s team did not stop there. A court declared the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, along with a network that included Navalny’s regional office, extremist organizations, in June. These people were banned from running for public office and sentenced to long prison terms. Russian authorities have blocked 50 websites Navalny’s supporters used for spreading extremist propaganda. They opened a criminal investigation against Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, Navalny’s top aides in connection to a crowdfunding campaign. Navalny was also charged with new criminal offenses on Wednesday.
This could result in a three-year sentence. Russia’s crackdown against parliamentary elections was linked to the alliance of Navalny. Many believe Putin used the Sept. 19, vote to consolidate Russia’s rule before the 2024 presidential election. Vladimir Putin, a Russian leader, and 68-year-old leader have advocated for constitutional changes to allow him to continue his power until 2036.