Populaire Kremlinopposant veroordeeld tot vijf jaar strafkamp

Pax Christi meldt:

Op 18 juli 2013 hoorde Alexei Navalny in een rechtbank in Kirov (Rusland) vijf jaar opsluiting in een strafkamp tegen zichzelf uitspreken. De 37-jarige advocaat is één van de boegbeelden van de massale anti-Poetinprotesten van vorig jaar. Die kwamen er als reactie op de omstreden uitslag van de parlementsverkiezingen van december 2011 en de presidentsverkiezingen in maart 2012.

Navalny is een populair anti-Poetin– en anti-corruptieactivist. Als fervent blogger kreeg hij via het internet tienduizenden mensen op de been tegen het bewind van Poetin. In juni 2012 zat hij samen met een drietal medestanders al een paar dagen in de cel voor zijn aandeel in de protestacties. Hij werd uiteindelijk veroordeeld voor verduistering. Navalny zou een bedrag van ca. €400.000 “afgeroomd” hebben van een houtbedrijf van de staat, waar hij in 2009 als vrijwillig adviseur aan de slag was. Een medebeschuldigde kreeg vier jaar cel. Het duurde drie uur voor het vonnis van meer dan 100 pagina’s volledig was voorgelezen. Daarbij benadrukte de rechter meermaals dat de uitspraak “niet politiek gemotiveerd was”. Honderden sympathisanten gingen uit protest tegen de veroordeling de straat op. Maar ook figuren uit het Poetin-kamp vinden dat het verdict “meer lijkt op een manier om Navalny buitenspel te zetten dan op een ware straf”.

Ondertussen is Navalny in afwachting van een beroepsprocedure op borgtocht vrijgelaten, op voorwaarde dat hij het land niet verlaat. De vrijlating is bevolen door procureur-generaal van Moskou. Op die manier kan de Kremlinopposant in september 2013 nog meedingen naar de burgemeesterssjerp van Moskou. Als hij tenminste in de tussentijd geen andere veroordeling oploopt, want er hangen de man nog een aantal andere strafzaken boven het hoofd.

Lees meer:

Anti-corruption blogger Navalny sentenced to 5 years behind bars for embezzlement (Russia Today)
Mr. Putin Tries to Crush Another Rival (NY Times)
Russian Court Jails Putin’s Most Influential Opponent  (Time Magazine)
Alexei Navalny sentenced to five years in prison (The Guardian)
Nationale feestdag “zonder Poetin” (Pax Christi)

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  • Alexei Navalny Rleased Pending Appeal (hispanicbusiness.com)
    A Russian court released opposition figure Alexei Navalny from custody Friday pending his appeal of a conviction and prison sentence for embezzling.
    The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office requested Navalny’s release until his sentence could be enforced, which would be in 10 days if he does not appeal, RIA Novosti reported.
  • Cheers for Navalny in Court and Online (thelede.blogs.nytimes.com)
    Video from Radio Svoboda showed Aleksei Navalny emerging from court in Kirov, Russia on Friday.
    Meanwhile, as my colleague Ellen Barry noted , Judge Sergei Blinov, who sentenced Mr. Navalny to five years in prison on Thursday, was also spotted slipping out of the court, with less fanfare.
  • Russian press reaction to the Navalny court sentence (russianreport.wordpress.com)
    Mr Navalny’s unexpected release on bail came too late to be reflected in Friday’s newspapers, which focus on his role and the impact of his possible absence from the political arena.

    Commentators are impressed with Navalny’s determination and charisma, with one newspaper describing him as a beacon of freedom in Russia.

    Another article, however, argues that Navalny comes from “a murky environment” and may indeed have something to answer for.

  • GARRY KASPAROV: It’s Now Clear That Vladimir Putin Has ‘Declared War On The Opposition’ (businessinsider.com)
    One of those who spoke out was Garry Kasparov, the grand chessmaster-turned-opposition politician who fled Russia earlier this year amid fears of prosecution. He told Business Insider that Putin has “openly declared war on the opposition.”

    When he fled, Kasparov feared he could be next in line amid the ongoing trials of Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov. Navalny and his former business partner, Pyotr Ofitserov, were freed amid appeal from the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Navalny to remain in race for Moscow mayor (russianreport.wordpress.com)
    Yesterday the staff of the Alexei Navalny for Mayor campaign were closing up shop due to the conviction and sentencing of Navalny on what most rational people suspect were bogus charges.
    After the judge ruled that Navalny can remain free on bail pending his appeals, the kiosk are reappearing and the Navalny campaign is back in business.
  • Vladimir Putin foe Alexei Navalny freed from Russian jail after protests (standard.co.uk)
    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was freed from jail today, less than 24 hours after a judge sentenced him to five years for embezzlement in what critics claim was a politically-driven trial.
    The 37-year-old Vladimir Putin foe embraced his wife Yulia as he was released from a courtroom “cage” after three judges in the Kirov regional court…
  • Navalny’s Tweets Of Defiance (rferl.org)
    Navalny’s own live-tweeting of the proceedings ruthlessly mocked the court with characteristic satire.

    “To put hipsters on trial is only to ruin the trial,” says one tweet that Navalny seemed to like and which he retweeted.

    @navalny Хипстеров судить – только суд портить pic.twitter.com/bYgadv7xEe

    View image on Twitter
  • Russian opposition leader Navalny released (thehindu.com)
    Analysts said the conviction of Russia’s most famous anti-corruption campaigner on what experts said were tramped-up charges will boost his popularity in the Moscow elections scheduled for early September. As of last week he was trailing far behind Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who is favoured by 76 percent of voters. Mr Navalny is in a distant second place with 14 percent, but his support grew by 4 percent in just one week.

    Mr Navalny may yet be taken off the race if his appeal against his sentence is overturned and the guilty verdict enters into force at least nine days before the September 8 vote.

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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