MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei A. by a judge. Ordered Navalny to be jailed for 30 days, after a trial hearing, an extraordinary step taken by Russian authorities within a day of trial in a primitive court inside a police station on Monday. from Germany.
Moments after the judge’s ruling, Mr. Navalny called his supporters for the protests in a video message. One of his top colleagues, Leonid Volkov, said Mr. Navalny’s nationwide network was preparing to hold demonstrations across Russia on Saturday.
“Don’t be afraid,” said Mr. Navalny Video, Which he lodged in a temporary court room set up in the meeting room of a police station. “Take to the streets.” Don’t do it for me, do it for yourself and do it for your future. “
The fast-paced development came after Mr. Navalny, who spent months recovering from poison living abroad, was arrested at Moscow airport for violating an already suspended prison sentence. He spent the night in a nearby police station without access to a lawyer.
On Monday, Mr. Navalny faced a judge not in a court, but inside the police station in Khimki, where he was being held. Mr. Navalny, Vadim Kobazev’s lawyer, said he had been informed just minutes before the hearing began.
Several hours after the hearing began, Mr Kobzev said Mr Navalny had been ordered to prison until 15 February, pending trial on charges of violating the rules of a previously suspended prison sentence.
Russia’s judicial system is not independent, but usually aims to preserve the veneer of procedural fairness in cases against opposition figures. However, on Monday, officials felt they could keep Mr Navalny’s supporters off balance by processing their case at a breakneck pace.
Posted photos Mr. Kobzev showed haste at the police station, with a simple table and a microphone in front of a bullet board. As soon as the hearing commenced, a judge posted in a black robe sitting in front of the bulletin board appeared in a video posted on Mr. Navalny’s Telegram account. Mr. Navalny said that he was taken to the room a minute before his prison room.
“What is happening here, it is impossible,” said Mr. Navalny Video. “This is the highest degree of wrongdoing – I can’t say anything more.”
Mr. Vladimir, President Vladimir V. One of Putin’s most prominent critics, fell into a coma in August and was taken to Germany for treatment. Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden determined that they were poisoned A military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok family, Which was developed in the Soviet Union and Russia.
The opposition leader vowed to return to Russia after he recovered, and announced his plans to fly to Moscow, despite threats of arrest upon arrival last week.
This is exactly what happened on Sunday evening: after Mr. Navalny’s flight landed at Shermetiovo Airport, police officers met him in passport control and took him into custody. He spent the night at police station number 2 in Khimki near the airport, and was denied access to his lawyer. Mr Kozvev was not allowed into the police station until Monday morning.
“It seems that Grandpa is so scared of everything in the bunker that he demonstratively breaks the code of criminal procedure and throws it in the trash,” Mr. Navalny using one of his episodes for Putin Said
Most journalists were not allowed to gather outside the police station, but at least three pro-Kremlin news outlets were allowed to enter through the back door. Police recently cited Mr Navalny’s lack of evidence in the coronovirus test, as the hearing was not held in regular court and said attendance was restricted due to “sanitary-epidemiological safety”.
Mr. Navalani told the judge, “I demand that this process be as open as possible so that unreliable inattentiveness can be observed about all media outlets”. Another video Posted by his spokesman.
As Mr. Navalny faced the judge, several hundred journalists and supporters stood outside the police station in a bitter cold outside the barbed wire fence, a residential neighborhood of Soviet-era buildings. Some of his supporters chanted “Freedom!” Chanted And “Let him go!”
Antonina B., a local district council member of the liberal Yablo Party. Stetsenko arrived with a poster echoing Mr. Putin’s derogatory words about Mr. Navalny: “Freedom to the patient Alexey Navalny at the Berlin clinic, which no one needs.” Within minutes, he was told by police officers to step away.
“I believe it is my duty to support him,” Ms. Stetshenko said. “Nothing surprises me in this country anymore.”
Mr Navalny was detained for a first time after August, a few minutes after his arrival in Russia, when he was taken to Berlin in a coma. Russia’s prison service said it violated the terms of a six-year suspended sentence while admitted to Germany.
“A huge embarrassment to the entire judicial system,” Ivan Zhaidanov, director of Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation Posted on twitter. “It’s just something incredible.”
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the immediate release of Mr Navalny and an investigation into the reasons for his poisoning for Russia, his spokesman said. In the United States, both departing and incoming administrations also called for Mr. Navalny’s release, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo writing that “confident political leaders are not afraid of competing voices.”
“The Russian authorities should immediately release them and ensure their security,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, said in a statement.
“Finding political opponents is against Russia’s international commitments,” he said.
The Russian authorities rejected the criticism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov said that Western officials saw the matter only as a welcome distraction from their problems.
“We are seeing how they have caught yesterday’s news about Navalny’s return to Russia – one can really feel how happily they are commenting on it,” Mr. Lavrov said. “They are happy because it makes Western politicians feel that they can divert attention from the global crisis in which the liberal model of development has ended.”
As often happens in Russia, historical symbolism is more influenced by the events on Monday. Pictures inside the MakeShift courtroom show a picture of Generic Yagoda right behind Mr. Navalny – a director of the Soviet secret police who supervised Stalin’s show trials in the 1930s and expanded the prison-camp system as a slave did.
Russian state television on the marquee Sunday night news showHost Dmitry Kislyev made a different comparison, underlining the government line that Mr. Navalny was working for Western intelligence agencies. He compared the flight from Berlin to Mr. Navalny Sealed train that took Lenin from SwitzerlandIn 1917, through Germany, in St. Petersburg, setting the stage for the Russian Revolution.
“Kiselyov is not an attack on the same scale, but the Germans are on their repertoire,” Mr. Kiselyov said. “And everything is set to show that they are there to do something special.”