Authorities arrested the opposition leader at a Moscow airport this month. He had spent months in Germany after being poisoned in his home country. There, the authorities now accuse him of not having respected the conditions of a suspended prison sentence during this period.
The Leader of the Opposition complained during the appeal that he had only had limited contact with his lawyer. He would not have had the opportunity to speak privately with the lawyer since his arrest. The judge then decided to let the duo speak for five minutes via a video connection.
Navalny’s arrest causes unrest in Russia. Tens of thousands of supporters took to the streets last weekend to demand the release of the prominent Kremlin critic. Police then arrested around 4,000 people. Yet the opposition called for further protests. These are due to take place next Sunday, including at the headquarters of the FSB security service.
Police raided the homes of Navalny supporters on Wednesday evening. Authorities are said to argue that crown rules were violated in recent mass protests.
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