According to judge Margarita Kotova, Navalny stole the assets of strangers “by deceit and abuse of trust”. The penalty for was initially unclear. Prosecutors had requested 13 years in prison. Navalny’s lawyers demanded acquittal.
The father of two had to answer this time for alleged misappropriation of funds for his anti-corruption foundation, which is now banned in Russia, and for insulting a judge in an earlier trial. According to his team, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
The Putin opponent is already serving several years in prison in a prison camp in Pokrov, around 100 kilometers east of Moscow. The trial was also held there.