According to one of Navalny’s lawyers Olga Mikhailova, her client will stay in the colony until about the summer of 2023.
In addition, the court ruled to send copies of the case materials to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for verification of the facts of insult during the court hearings of the judge, the prosecutor and the victim.
Recall that during the debate of the parties on February 16, the prosecutor asked to appoint Navalny a fine of 950 thousand rubles.
The fourth visiting session, like the previous three, was held by the Justice of the Peace Vera Akimova in the building of the Babushkinsky District Court in the presence of several dozen journalists. It took the judge almost five hours to reach a decision and another 50 minutes to pronounce the verdict.
According to the materials of the case, in June last year, Navalny called the WWII veteran Ignat Artemenko, and along with him the other persons who starred in the RT video in support of the amendments to the Constitution, “lackeys” and “traitors.” This process could have ended before it began if the blogger had simply asked forgiveness from the gray-haired veteran. But he didn’t do it. On the first day of the hearing, February 5, he, on the contrary, continued to insult the elderly man and his relatives in court. For example, he called the veteran “a doll with medals” and his grandson “a merchant grandfather.”
The second day of the meeting did not bring any sensations either. The blogger did not apologize to the 94-year-old veteran of the Great Patriotic War, continued to insult his relatives and be rude to the judge and prosecutor. And during the meeting held on February 12, a kind of record was set. The trial lasted 10 hours and 40 minutes, and the defendant received about 20 comments for contempt of the court, witnesses and the prosecutor, as well as for offensive and inappropriate statements.
On the third day, a debate of the parties took place, during which the blogger again could not refrain from sarcastic statements.
At the beginning of the last fourth session, there was a small but still hope that Navalny would apologize to the veteran in his last word. But the blogger remained true to himself – not a word or even a hint of an apology from him sounded. He began by showing a piece of paper, allegedly with an extract from the case. “I have a piece of paper for the last word,” Navalny said.
On it, he allegedly made an extract from the case, which refers to social security assistance to veteran Ignat Artyomenko. The blogger somehow counted 11 thousand rubles a year and, on the basis of this, called the veteran “beggar” and “poor.”
“You are hypocrites, and you scoundrels,” Navalny addressed, without specifying who exactly. After that, several times every now and then he switched to the identity of the prosecutor, again insulted the veteran, grandson and editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan, who, in his words, allegedly “monetized his grandfather.” And in the end, ending his speech, he said to the judge and the prosecutor: “You will burn in hell.” The last word of the defendant ended there. After the verdict he was taken out in handcuffs by the convoy. At the same time, Navalny and his lawyers have 10 days to file an appeal. Until a new examination, he will remain in the pre-trial detention center. If we talk about the possible term that Navalny will have to spend in the colony, then, taking into account the house arrest that he has received and the time spent in the pre-trial detention center, he will have about two years and eight months.
In the last word, Navalny now and then switched to the identity of the prosecutor, again insulted the veteran and grandson
The prosecutor recalled that the fine is a rather mild punishment. According to her, according to the new version of the article of the Criminal Code on libel, the maximum sanction provides for up to two years in prison.
And before that – on Saturday morning – the Moscow City Court dismissed the defense’s appeal against the decision of the Simonovsky court to replace Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real three and a half years in prison in the Yves Rocher case. At the beginning of the meeting, Navalny asked the judge why the meeting of the Moscow City Court is being held in the Babushkinsky Court.
Judge Dmitry Balashov explained that this was done for the convenience of Navalny himself and his lawyers. “It is in your interests that the lawyers were in time for both sessions. If they were listening in the Moscow City Court, then you would have to speak via video conference call, which, you see, would also be inconvenient for you,” the judge explained.
Further, the lawyer Olga Mikhailova asked the court to immediately release their client, referring to the decision of the ECHR. Navalny also asked to let him go so that he “could sit next to the prosecutor already as a free man.” A distinctive feature of this process was the blogger’s laconicism and his emphasized politeness and correctness in relation to the judge. Maybe the reason is that the judge, unlike the previous sessions, was a man, or maybe the reason is the unexpected recognition of Navalny. In his last word, he admitted that he had become a believer in the detention center, although before that he had been a militant atheist. In his speech, he first spoke about the commandments, and then switched to Harry Potter and Voldemort. Lawyer Olga Mikhailova did not appreciate the speech: “It is very chaotic.”
As a result, Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected the lawyers’ complaint and upheld the decision of the Simonovsky court to replace the suspended sentence with a real one. By the way, in contrast to the libel case, in addition to journalists, diplomats from 9 countries also followed the appeal.