Will Putin critic Alexei Navalny serve 15 extra years in jail
Alexei Navalny claimed that he has been charged in a new criminal case
He adds that he will face an additional 15 years in prison
This is on top of a nine-year sentence he received in March for fraud and contempt of court
Alexei Navalny claimed that he has been charged in a new criminal case and faces an additional 15 years in prison.
On Tuesday, the Kremlin critic announced on social media that he was charged with forming an extremist organisation and inciting hatred toward the authorities.
This is on top of a nine-year sentence he received in March for fraud and contempt of court, which was added to a two-and-a-half-year sentence he was already serving.
“Not even eight days have passed since my nine-year high-security sentence came into force, and today the investigator showed up again and formally charged me with a new case,” Navalny had tweeted.
“It turns out that I created an extremist group in order to incite hatred towards officials and oligarchs. And when they put me in jail, I dared to be disgruntled about it and called for rallies. For that, they’re supposed to add up to 15 more years to my sentence,” he added.
The fresh allegations were not immediately confirmed.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has stepped up its decades-long campaign to discredit and silence Russia's domestic opponents. Navalny has spoken out against the war, accusing Putin of being "stupid" and "built on lies" at a court hearing.