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New Criminal Case Opened Against Kremlin Critic Navalny

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A new criminal case has been opened against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that could face up to 15 more in prison if found guilty.

 

The detained Kremlin critic is being charged with setting up an extremist organization and inciting hatred against the authorities in Moscow, the 45-year-old politician said via Instagram.

Navalny is serving a nine-year sentence in a penal camp, after convictions for fraud and contempt of court. Those verdicts replaced a 2.5-year prison sentence imposed on him earlier. He recently lost his appeal.

Vladimir Putin’s main opponent sees the lawsuits as politically motivated. According to Navalny, the Russian president is a madman who “built the war in Ukraine on lies”.

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