On Saturday, a Russian court rejected an appeal by opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny, making it possible for him to be transferred to Russia’s penal colony system. This is the latest development in the case of Putin’s most outspoken critic.
Russia reportedly recognizes the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. However, even as the ECHR ruled on Tuesday that Navalny should be immediately released from prison, the Russian court rejected Navalny’s appeal. His lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, petitioned the court to release her client, making the case that his health and life were in danger while detained.
Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, rejected the ECHR’s ruling and said that it is “a serious attempt to intervene in internal judicial matters of Russia.”
The original sentence was handed down by the court on February 2, as reported by The Daily Wire:
A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than