Navalny appeared via video link in court in the city of Khimki, on the outskirts of Moscow. He continues to be held in the Matrosskaya Tishina detention center in the northeastern part of the capital.
Last month, Navalny was wanted in the federal state for violating probation conditions related to the 2014 fraud case, which he dismissed as politically motivated.
His next trial date is currently set for February 2, when the court will decide whether his three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence on fraud charges should be turned into a prison for what Russian authorities say violates the terms of his suspended sentence. .
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Navalny’s reaction to the ruling suggests he expects it. “Everything was clear to me even before the hearing,” he told the court.
Earlier, the politician complained of violations of legal procedures and the inability to communicate with his lawyers after his arrest on January 17th.
“Everything here is so incredible that I don’t even know where to start. As it usually works: you make a court decision, look for violations of the law and talk about them when you appeal. And here everything is a big violation of the law,” Navalny said.
In his latest statement, Navalny called on protesters to keep coming out.
“They are the last barrier that prevents the government from stealing everything. They are the real patriots,” he said. “You will not be able to intimidate us – we are the majority.”
Russian law enforcement officers searched Navalny’s apartment in Moscow and the headquarters of his team on Wednesday, according to his aides.
The raids came when Navalny’s allies called for a second round of unauthorized national demonstrations scheduled for Sunday to demand the activist’s release from custody.
Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets last weekend to detain nearly 4,000, according to the OVD-Info monitoring group.
The tycoon calls for American pressure on Putin
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon who was once Russia’s richest man, spent more than 10 years in a Russian prison after breaking up with Putin.
In an interview with CNN in exile in London, he called on US President Joe Biden to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle to help save Navalny from such a fate.
“Personal sanctions must be imposed by President Biden and others in the West on those closest to Putin,” he told CNN. “This would be extremely painful for Putin’s entourage and would affect the stability of his power.”
Khodorkovsky ruled Russian oil giant Yukos until 2003. He was later convicted of tax evasion and fraud – charges he said were politically motivated – in prison.
“Looking back, I was one of the lucky ones. I lost a decade of my life in prison, but others who oppose Putin paid a far higher price,” he told CNN.
This list includes Anna Politkovskaya, one of the Kremlin’s most prominent journalists and critics. She was shot dead in 2006. There are numerous arrests, two trials and five convictions, including of three Chechen brothers, but it is not yet known who ordered her murder. The Kremlin denies any connection to the assassination.
In 2015, former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, then Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, was shot dead on a Moscow bridge in the Kremlin’s field of vision. Five Chechens were jailed for his 2017 assassination.
Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko died in 2006 after being poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope, polonium-210. A UK investigation concluded in 2016 that Putin may have approved the operation of two Russian agents to kill the former spy. Russia has dismissed the UK investigation as politically motivated.
The United States is deeply concerned about Navalny
The US State Department has called on Russia to release all those arrested at protests in the country over the weekend and for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny.
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Wednesday that the Biden administration is reviewing Russia’s “actions that are of deep concern to us, whether it’s about Mr. Navalny’s treatment and especially the apparent use of chemical weapons in an assassination attempt.” him. “
Biden spoke with Putin on Tuesday for the first time since becoming president of the United States, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, raising Navalny’s poisoning, among other issues.
“I don’t want to be ahead of where we are in these reviews,” Blinken said. “But as I say, we are deeply concerned about Mr Navalny’s safety and security, and more importantly, his voice is the voice of many, many, many Russians, and he must be heard, not muzzled.”
Blinken told reporters that he “does not rule out anything, but we want to do this full review and then we will take it from there.”
He also echoed comments from his Senate hearing to confirm that “it remains astonishing to me how concerned and perhaps even frightened the Russian government seems to be one man, Mr Navalny.”
CNN’s Mary Ilyushina reports from Moscow, and Laura Smith-Spark writes in London. Anna Chernova contributed to this report.