Russian opposition leader and Kremlin nemesis Alexei Navalny was sentenced today by a Moscow court to 2.8 years in a penal colony for breaking probation rules while in Germany, after being poisoned and treated in a German hospital.
“Don’t be sad, everything will be fine,” Navalny said to his wife Yulia after the verdict was read out, Novaya Gazeta reported.
Navalny’s suspended sentence of 3.5 years will be transferred into a prison sentence, the court rules. The 10 months Navalny already served under house arrest as part of the first trial will count against that time, meaning he will be imprisoned for a further two years and eight months, reported The Moscow Times.
The judge ruled that Navalny was in violation of the terms of his parole — which required him to appear in person with a probationary officer twice a month — after he was discharged from Berlin’s Charite hospital September, where he was being treated for Novichok poisoning.
Navalny recently reported on alleged Putin corruption and the Russian leader’s alleged ownership of a massive palace on the Black Sea, said to be paid for with funds stolen from the Russian people.
Large numbers of police have been deployed across the Russian capitol to handle expected protests.
You can read further updates on the situation here.