The court replaced oppositionist Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real one and sent him to a colony for 2 years and 8 months. Police detained 370 people outside the courthouse.
The Simonovsky Court of Moscow canceled Alexey Navalny’s probation in the Yves Rocher case and appointed him a real term of 3.5 years in a general regime colony. This decision was made by judge Natalya Repnikova, the correspondent of RBC reports. The judge credited Navalny’s 10 months under house arrest during the Yves Rocher investigation, using the ratio that was in force at the time of sentencing in 2014: one day of house arrest for one day in prison. If the decree comes into force, Navalny will spend 2 years and 8 months in the colony.
Navalny and his defense have 10 days to appeal the decision, the opposition’s lawyers have already announced such plans.
Prosecutor Yekaterina Frolova also asked the court to issue a private decision to the criminal executive inspectorate, which, in her opinion, did not sufficiently control the execution of the sentence by Navalny. The court issued an appropriate ruling — “to draw the attention of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia to violations” committed during the control over the execution of the sentence to Navalny.
Navalny told the FSIN about his discharge from the Charite and his stay at the hotel only two months later, according to the judge’s ruling. During this period, he violated his obligations as a conditionally convicted person, the judge believes. The court found the arguments of Navalny’s defense related to the decision of the ECHR untenable: since, according to his position, Strasbourg did not speak out about the illegality of the verdict and the Presidium of the Supreme Court did not consider it to be canceled.
The meeting was held on-site in the Moscow City Court; the press is allowed on it, despite the coronavirus restrictions. In addition to journalists and Navalny’s wife Yulia, diplomats from about twenty European countries came to court. The Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry called it interference in Russia’s internal affairs.
Supporters of Navalny gathered in the vicinity of the Moscow City Court, the police blocked several streets adjacent to the building. According to OVD-Info, by 20:50 more than 370 people were detained.