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Russia: The judiciary postpones the trial of opposition Alexei Navalny in the defamation case to the beginning of next February

Russia: The judiciary postpones the trial of opposition Alexei Navalny in the defamation case to the beginning of next February

The lawyer of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, said Wednesday that the Russian judiciary has postponed the trial of her client for defamation to the fifth of next February because he was imprisoned and was not transferred to appear before the court. Authorities had arrested Navalny after his return from a medical trip in Germany on charges of violating the terms of his conviction. Western countries called on Moscow to release Navalny, but the Kremlin said, "It is a completely internal matter and we will not allow anyone to interfere in it."

Russia: The judiciary postpones the trial of opposition Alexei Navalny in the defamation case to the beginning of next February


Olga Mikhailova, the lawyer for Russian opposition Alexei Navalny, who has been facing several lawsuits since his return to Russia, said Wednesday that the Russian judiciary has postponed Navalny's defamation trial to February 5. "Today (Wednesday) the court postponed the hearing in the defamation case because Alexei Navalny is imprisoned and has not been transferred (to appear before the court)," Mikhailova added.


   On his return from Germany, Navalny was arrested Sunday, where he was being treated for his supposed poisoning in August, in an incident he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind it despite Moscow's denial. He has since been imprisoned in solitary confinement for a period of fourteen days, as part of preventive measures against the emerging corona virus.


 In the case, the trial being adjourned on Wednesday, Navalny is accused of spreading "insulting" information against a former fighter who supported a recent constitutional referendum that boosted Vladimir Putin's powers. The opposition activist says the charges are political, and he faces possible imprisonment of up to five years and a fine.


   On February 2, Navalny must appear in court on charges of violating the terms of his 2014 conviction with a three and a half years suspended prison sentence. The sentence may turn into a prison sentence with enforcement. Navalny was arrested Monday over the case, and his detention could last until at least February 15.


   Navalny has also faced an investigation, since the end of December, for "massive forgery," in which the sentence in this case could reach ten years in prison. Vladimir Kosbev, a lawyer for Navalny, confirmed on Tuesday that he had spoken with his client for half an hour. "He was fine, slept well, looked happy and full of energy," he said.


   Despite his presence behind bars, Alexei Navalny responded Tuesday to the Kremlin using his favorite weapon, through an extensive investigation into suspicions of corruption surrounding "Putin's Palace."


   In a video that was viewed more than 18 million times on YouTube within hours, Navalny's team confirms that Vladimir Putin owns a luxury home on the shores of the Black Sea. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov quickly denied the accusations.


   After a serious deterioration in his health in Siberia at the end of August, Alexei Navalny was transferred to hospital in Germany. Three European laboratories concluded that the Russian dissident was subjected to a poisoning process with Novichok, which was developed during the Soviet era. Moscow rejected the findings as a conspiracy, saying its scientists found no poison in their tests on Navalny.


   Immediately after announcing his arrest, the opposition called on his supporters to demonstrate on Saturday 23 January all over the country.

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