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A former regional coordinator of the organization headed by Navalni is sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia

A former regional coordinator of the organization headed by Navalni is sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia

A Russian court on Monday sentenced Vadim Ostanin, the former regional coordinator of opposition activist Alexei Navalni, to nine years in prison on charges related to his participation in an “extremist” organization.

“Nine years in a penal colony against our former coordinator Vadim Ostanin”, indicated Navalni’s team through a message on his account on the social network Twitter, where he stressed that the man has been tried for “legal political work”.

Ostanin, 46, a former coordinator of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in the Siberian city of Barnaul, was arrested in December 2021 along with five other Navalni allies after authorities included the opposition-led network on its list of “extremist” organizations.

After that, the authorities opened cases against the network headed by Navalni, which led many of his allies to flee into exile. The Prosecutor’s Office had claimed eleven years in prison for Ostanin, according to the Sibir Realii portal.

For his part, the opposition activist had denounced a deterioration in his state of health due to poor detention conditions, while the non-governmental organization Memorial -now dissolved- recognized him as a political prisoner, as reported by the newspaper ‘The Moscow Times’.

The Russian Prosecutor’s Office last week requested a sentence of 20 years in prison for Navalni – imprisoned since the beginning of 2021 – for various crimes, including creating an “extremist community”. He also requested another ten years in prison for the technical director of Navalni’s YouTube project, Daniel Jolodny.

Navalni was imprisoned in January 2021 in the Vladimir region penal colony IK-6 when he returned to Moscow from Berlin, where he had been recovering from Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

Both Navalni and Western governments blamed the poisoning on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s security service. The Kremlin, for its part, has at all times denied any type of responsibility for the event.

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