Alexei Navalny will remain in prison after the Russian court has reduced the sentence

Alexei Navalny will remain in prison after the Russian court has reduced the sentence

The court shortened the activist’s sentence by a month and a half, after taking into account the time he spent under house arrest from December 2014 to February 2015.

Navalny appealed the ruling at the Moscow City Court on Saturday.

At the beginning of the proceedings, the anti-corruption activist asked the judge to allow the session to be videotaped.

The judge decided not to allow journalists to film the proceedings, but said there would be a “recording of the verdict.”

Navalny’s lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, then petitioned the court for her client’s immediate release, and also demanded the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Mikhailova argued that Navalny’s life and health were in danger while in detention.

The court issued the original ruling on February 2, after ruling that while Navalny was in Germany, he violated the probation terms from the 2014 case in which he was sentenced to three and a half years suspended prison sentence.

Then the suspended sentence was replaced by a prison sentence.

Navalny was initially arrested by the Russian state in January after arriving from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from the Novichok poisoning he blamed on the Russian government. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement.

Navalny’s defamation case for comments related to a WWII veteran will be heard later on Saturday.

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