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Navalny Ally Sobol Handed One-Year Suspended Sentence For Trespassing

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4/15/21
MOSCOW -- Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), has been handed a one-year suspended sentence of correctional labor for trespassing. According to Russian legislation, those handed such a sentence must pay the State Treasury the required amount if they are employed. If they are unemployed, they must work at jobs defined by the Federal Penitentiary Service during the term of their sentence. The court on April 15 found Sobol guilty of illegally forcing her way into the apartment of Federal Security Service (FSB) officer Konstantin Kudryavtsev in December 2020, hours after Navalny had published a recording of what he said was a phone conversation with Kudryavtsev. This was "a classic [Vladimir] Putin trial," she told reporters outside the courthouse, adding that she will appeal the verdict, which was unfounded since the victims wrote in their initial testimony that no moral nor physical harm was inflicted on them.

In her final statement at the trial, Sobol reminded the court that no probe had been launched into Navalny's poisoning. "I am sure that my verdict will be guilty. Because it is me on trial, not those who poisoned Navalny, not members of the [ruling] United Russia [party]," Sobol said. Last month, Sobol said she planned to run for parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, in September elections. Sobol is currently under house arrest in another case. She and several other associates and supporters of Navalny were charged with violating sanitary regulations during unsanctioned rallies on January 21 to protest Navalny's incarceration.


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Navalny lawyer Lyubov Sobol in a Moscow courtroom yesterday. Her shirt says: “Where is the criminal case into Navalny’s poisoning?”
 
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