UPDATE (2.02.2021): Moscow City Court ruled that Aleksei Navalny will serve two years and and almost eight months in prison after being found guilty of repeatedly violating the terms of a suspended sentence, handed down for the embezzlement case in 2014.
In fact, his suspended sentence was converted into a real one. He was originally sentenced to three-and-a-half years, but has already served almost 10 months in house arrest.
Therefore, for two proven in court criminal offenses involving huge embezzlement of funds, dozens of violations of the terms of suspended sentence, the hardcore contempt of court, the active and public work in the interests of foreign states against the Russian nation he faced a slightly more than 2.5 years in a general regime jail.
Aleksei and Oleg Navalny were convicted of stealing about $500,000 from two Russian firms, one of which was affiliated with French cosmetics company Yves Rocher and of laundering part of the amount. Under this case, Aleksei Navalny was conditionally sentenced to 5 years. Since then, Navalny has repeatedly violated the terms of sentence additionally to being involved in other money laundering schemes via his ‘Anti-Corruption Fund’ (currently under investigation), and actively worked in the interests of foreign states to destabilize the situation in Russia.
It is interesting to note that Yves Rocher (that suffered from the money stealing scheme of Navalny brothers) said that it considers the Navalny case to be an ordinary story, under which normal corporate defense procedures were applied. The company said that the guilt of the Navalny brothers was confirmed by the courts of several instances, and considers the case closed.
This statement goes contrary the position of Navalny that lied that Yves Rocher does not consider itself to be the victim party and has no claims towards Navalny. Thus, the Navalny team and MSM tried to present the money stealing case as a ‘political persecution’.
This case shows that the Russian state is probably among the most tolerant and democratic states around the world. In particular, in any Western state, such person like Navalny would easily face a life sentence or even a death penalty (in the leader of the ‘democratic world’ – the United States).
For years, Russian authorities have demonstrated a very soft position towards apparent tools of Western intelligence services that have been working to destabilize and destroy Russia. Nonetheless, recent actions of the so-called ‘non-system’ (pro-Western, neo-liberal, anti-Russian clique) opposition in Russia passed all the existing red lines. Thus, the Russian state made this very soft, but the widely expected step in defending its national interest against the foreign pressure.
The question is how would Moscow react to the propaganda and diplomatic pressure, potential new sanctions (already announced) and attempts to stage provocations and chaos in the country that are expected to start under the pretext of protecting ‘anti-corruption activist Navalny’.
It is expected that this weekend forces behind the Navalny group will try to stage violent riots in Moscow and other large cities of Russia. The real scale and outcome of this attempt will show the real influence of the Western forces and their local allies in the country.
On February 2nd, Alexey Navalny’s court hearing began in the Moscow City Court. The plot thickens, and the moment of truth looms near.
Will the neo-liberal flag carrier of the Western influence in Rusia, Alexey Navalny face justice, or his hundreds of violations be swept under the rug, as his foreign supporters wish?
The Moscow City Court has increased security measures. Several Rosgvardia and police vehicles are parked at the Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad metro station. The riot policemen blocked the nearest passage to the court. Only court staff and those who live in the area are allowed in.
Initially, the hearing was supposed to take place at 10 am, but it was postponed to 11 at the request of Navalny’s lawyers, who asked to give them time to coordinate their position with him.
There was a small demonstration. Specifically, a woman who lied down on the snow in sign of protests, and anti-riot police officers just carried her away so she doesn’t catch a cold.
A true atrocity of the regime, in the words of MSM. A video reference below:
It can be stated that one hundred million viewers have remained spectators. The staggering numbers of YouTube never materialized into a powerful support group at the Moscow City Court.
Near the courthouse, approximately 200 people gathered, whom the police asked for a long time to free the sidewalks, and then proceeded to arrest them. Some were pushed out of the security perimeter without the use of force, some fled to the courtyards, about a hundred were detained for disobeying police demands.
Diplomatic vehicles, including the embassies of Great Britain and Bulgaria, arrived at the Moscow City Court. According to an RIA Novosti correspondent, representatives of Switzerland, Latvia, Poland and Austria are already in court.
More than 15 employees of embassies of different countries and about 80 Russian and foreign journalists are expecting the start of the court hearing of Navalny’s case in the Moscow City Court.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the diplomats who came to the trial on Navalny should not interfere in the internal affairs of Russia.
“<…> And even more so to allow any actions that would somehow be associated with attempts to put pressure on an independent court,” Peskov explained.
Peskov also said that Moscow is not ready to listen to statements from abroad on the situation with Navalny.
“We are ready to consistently and patiently explain everything, but we do not intend to react to any mentoring statements and do not intend to take them into account,” the president’s press secretary explained.
The Simonovsky court is considering the issue of canceling the suspended sentence for Alexey Navalny and replacing it with a real one. The meeting is held in an away format in the Moscow City Court.
Navalny was detained on January 17 at Sheremetyevo upon his return from Germany – there he was undergoing treatment after an incident with an alleged poisoning.
After that, he was taken to the police department in Khimki, where the next day, the court imprisoned the opposition figure for 30 days.
The reason for his arrest was the violation of the probationary period as a convict in the Yves Rocher case. He was assigned to the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center. As stated in the FSIN, Navalny was detained for violating the probationary period as conditionally convicted – on December 29 last year he was put on the wanted list.
Navalny has two conditional convictions: in the Kirovles case – it is connected with the embezzlement of more than 16 million rubles and in the Yves Rocher case – with the theft of more than 30 million rubles.
Navalny’s defense asked to attach to the case a letter from the Charite clinic about the completion of treatment and the ECHR’s decision on the blogger’s case.
“Please attach the original certificate from the Charite clinic dated January 15. It follows from it that Navalny finished treatment on January 15, at the time of the examination he was feeling well, until the 15th he was followed up on an outpatient basis. After being discharged from the hospital, he gained 100% of his body weight. having recovered to the pre-incident levels,” said Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev.
The reading of the accusations against Alexey Navalny, and the list of violations took longer than 10 minutes.
The list is as follows:
In 2017, he had the following violations, and their respective punishments:
27.03. – administrative arrest for 15 days;
11.04. – a submission was sent to the Simonovskiy District Court to impose an additional obligation “not to commit administrative offenses” on the conditionally convicted Navalny AA;
01.06. – warning about the cancellation of the conditional sentence;
06/12 – administrative arrest for a period of 30 days;
29.06. – warning about the cancellation of the conditional sentence;
03.08. – an administrative fine in the amount of 300,000 thousand rubles;
04.08. – The probationary period under the sentence of 2014 was extended for a year.
In 2018, and 2019 he had the following violations:
Failure to show up for registration at UII on set days without a valid reason. 50 cases. Moreover:
05/15/2018 – administrative arrest for a period of 30 days;
08/27/2018 – administrative arrest for a period of 30 days;
09/24/2018 – administrative arrest for a period of 20 days;
07/01/2019 – administrative arrest for 10 days;
07/24/2019 – administrative arrest for 30 days.
In 2020, he had the following violations:
From January 2020 until his hospitalization (20.08 – Omsk, 22.08. – Berlin) Navalny systematically violated the conditions of the probationary period:
– In January 2020, Navalny came to the Penitentiary Institute only once (01/23/2020), after being discharged from the hospital – not once. Must appear for registration at least twice a month;
– 6 times the obligation to appear on the set day was violated (13.01, 27.01, 03.02, 16.03, 06.07. 17.08).
Based on these facts, Navalny was warned about the possibility of canceling his conditional sentence. All of this took place prior to his alleged poisoning, and he wasn’t even arrested.
It is quite a lengthy list.
Finally, Navalny’s report of “Putin’s palace” turned out to be entirely fake.
Remarkable story. Russian news org Mash visited the site of ‘Putin’s Palace’ on the Black Sea coast, featured in Alexei Navalny’s documentary.
They found a building site. No casino, no shisha lounge, and no stripper pole. Just a shell. pic.twitter.com/ZXSm0Kve9r
— Gabriel Gavin (@GabrielCSGavin) January 29, 2021
And Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t even own it.
Russian construction mogul Arkady Rotenberg (who is a very close friend of Putin) says he's the real owner of a Black Sea property, dubbed 'Putin's palace' by Alexey Navalny and Western media. Speculation about the site has gone on for a decade. https://t.co/1uS2rTTL8t
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) January 30, 2021
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