Another trial over Navalny: senseless and merciless
Kremlin critic Navalny returns to Moscow court for trial on slander charges | World News | WION
Experts: the authorities are trying to discredit the opposition politician with a new trial&# 160;
The Babushkinsky court of Moscow at an exit session did not come to any decision on the criminal libel case against Alexei Navalny and announced a break until February 12, media reported on Friday. Opposition politician accused of disseminating deliberately false information discrediting the honor and dignity of 95-year-old World War II veteran Ignat Artemenko.
Recall that Artemenko, among others, participated in the filming of an advertising video – a propaganda action in support of the last summer vote on amendments to the Constitution. Navalny then impartially spoke on social networks about this action and the participants in the filming in general, completely without touching the veteran personally mentioned in the lawsuit against him..
Alexey Navalny, who recently returned after a long recovery in a German clinic due to poisoning with a nerve agent «Newbie» and detained immediately after landing at Sheremetyevo airport, just a few days ago was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in another criminal case.
Security measures were increased at the courthouse where he was taken from the pre-trial detention center. Participants in the protests that followed the sentencing in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia were detained en masse by the police using brute force. The victim participated in that meeting via video link. The trial was also attended by diplomats from the UK and France..
On February 4, US President Joe Biden visited the State Department, where he delivered his first keynote speech on the main objectives of American foreign policy. Biden, in particular, stressed that the new American administration will not leave without consequences the malicious activities of Russia in the international arena and its violation of international obligations, including – in the field of human rights. Earlier, the President of the United States, like other leaders of Western countries, repeatedly demanded the release of Alexei Navalny.
On February 5, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov issued a statement that Moscow would not accept «notes of ultimatum» in the statements of US President Joe Biden to Russia.
Mikhail Shneider: «In fact, the regime has whipped itself again»
Co-chairman of the Moscow branch of PARNAS, executive secretary of the federal political council movement «Solidarity» Mikhail Shneider thinks that the next trial of Navalny on an absurd charge is caused, on the one hand, by the routine nature of the Russian judicial and legal system, and on the other – the authorities’ desire to spoil the image of the oppositionist. «If there is an opportunity to dirty Alexey once again, why not use it, – he noted with bitter sarcasm in a commentary for the Russian Service «Voices of America». – After all, when a person is accused, albeit unreasonably, of slandering a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, he should look very unattractive in the eyes of the older generation and patriotically oriented citizens.».
At the same time, the process itself looked just like a farce, says Mikhail Schneider. In his opinion, from people who are at least the slightest bit inclined to analyze what is happening, this could not be hidden. «In fact, the regime has whipped itself again, – he claims. – In fact, there was a mockery of the old man who was being used. I am ashamed of the power. It is she who should be accused of not respecting war veterans and using them for momentary political purposes.».
In a word, the authorities again stepped on the old rake, the politician stated. «Continuing to act clumsy, rude and clumsy with a tenacity worthy of better use, they are doing everything to keep Navalny’s rating growing in the future. It is also true that the Kremlin has no good moves after Alexei’s return to Russia.».
Striking another blow to your own “sworn enemy”, the government invariably discredits itself every time, and at the same time the entire justice machine, summed up Mikhail Schneider.
Valery Borshchev: «The process looked ridiculous, irritated the eyes and hearing»
Valery Borshchev, co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, agrees that the Russian authorities have tried to discredit Navalny in the eyes of the public, to portray him in an unfavorable light. However, in his opinion, they did it badly..
«Rather, they have discredited themselves and the justice system more., – clarified the interlocutor of the Russian service «Voices of America». – Because the process looked ridiculous, irritated the eyes and ears. Among other things, he could not have had any serious legal consequences for Navalny. The verdict, allowing for a long time to exclude one of the leaders of the opposition from the political life of the country, has been announced, and it can have little influence».
Alexei Navalny’s rating has grown largely thanks to the stupid actions of the Kremlin and the brutality shown by the security forces during protests in support of the opposition politician, the co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group said..
At the same time, commenting on the decision of Navalny’s supporters to stop protest demonstrations until spring, Valery Borshchev noted that under current conditions «this is normal».
«We must wait until the end of the bans on holding mass events due to the sanitary and epidemiological situation caused by the pandemic. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin promised to do this by May. We’ll see. It remains to intensify efforts to prepare for the autumn elections to the State Duma. I think the party «Apple» and Navalny’s headquarters can join forces on this front. They already have positive experience, they have achieved some success, in particular, in Tomsk», – concluded the human rights activist.