Russia’s Federal Prison Service said in a statement on Monday that by staying in Germany after recovering from his „illness,“ Navalny was violating the terms of his suspended sentence. The opposition politician believes the issue is politically motivated.
„Based on [Lancet] In the post, AA Navalny was discharged from the Charite Clinic on September 20, 2020, and by October 12, all symptoms of his illness were gone, ”according to a FPR statement.
Consequently, the convicted person does not fulfill the conditions assigned to him by the court and evades the supervision of the criminal inspection. [service]. „
The service adds that Navalny has received warrants to appear at the sanctions monitoring facility in Russia; Otherwise, he will be responsible and his suspended sentence will be replaced with a real punishment.
Navalny’s attorney, Vadim Kopzev, tweeted late Monday that he had received an order from the criminal oversight services ordering Navalny to come to Moscow by 9am on Tuesday.
The case in question, often called the „Yves Roch case,“ dates back to 2014 when Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg were found guilty of misappropriating about $ 500,000 from two Russian companies between 2008 and 2012. One of the companies was affiliated with a French cosmetics company, Yves Rocher, and the investigation. They claimed that the Navalnys washed away a portion of the amount. Both were sentenced to three and a half years in prison, but Alexey’s sentence was suspended.
Navalny responded to the news in a post on Instagram, saying, “As I said, there is somewhere [Vladimir] Putin is in his lair while stomping and shouting, „Why didn’t he die?“ If he does not die then he is twice guilty, and now we will imprison him. „
But if the publication of The Lancet is recognized nationwide, then where is the criminal case in the poisoning case ?! he added.
„It’s amazing. The Prison Department, which knows very well that Navalny is receiving treatment in Germany, is trying to jump onto the last train (Alexey’s test period ends on December 30!) And demands that he submit an inspection report. Tomorrow!“ Navalny’s press secretary Keira Yarmisch wrote on Twitter.
The State Department will not explain why the United States is not charging Russia any costs for this poisoning or issuing a statement sooner. Wednesday’s statement came after repeated requests for comment from CNN.