Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he has been charged with a brand new case and faces “as much as 15 extra years to my sentence” if discovered responsible.
Mr Navalny has been outspoken towards President Vladimir Putin and was not too long ago sentenced to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt of courtroom by a Russian courtroom.
Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, beforehand described the costs as doubtful.
Mr Navalny, 45, wrote concerning the new costs on Twitter on Tuesday.
“It seems that I created an extremist group in an effort to incite hatred in the direction of officers and oligarchs,” he mentioned.
“And after they put me in jail, I dared to be disgruntled about it (foolish me) and known as for rallies. For that, they’re supposed so as to add as much as 15 extra years to my sentence.”
A vocal critic of the Putin regime
Mr Navalny, who was born close to Moscow within the then-Soviet Union, has lengthy been Mr Putin’s most vocal critic inside Russia.
In June final yr, a Russian courtroom has banned groups linked to Mr Navalny after declaring them “extremist”.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has accelerated its decades-long marketing campaign to quash and silence
Russia’s home opposition.
Mr Navalny has spoken out towards the struggle, attacking Putin throughout a courtroom look and calling the invasion “silly” and “constructed on lies”.
Whereas serving his jail sentence he called on fellow citizens to stage daily protests.
Arrest and imprisonment
He was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany the place he had hung out recovering from nerve agent poisoning.
The Russian opposition chief fell ailing on a flight to Moscow and was subsequently found to have been poisoned with novichock.
Mr Navalny has blamed the poisoning on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have denied involvement.
He was placed on trial and sentenced to 9 years in jail in March.
After the sentencing, he wrote on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is “afraid of the reality”.
Concerns have since been raised about Mr Navalny’s health in jail, with reviews jail authorities have refused to offer him the appropriate treatment and never allowed his physician to go to him behind bars.