A Russian court found opposition leader and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny guilty on fraud charges Tuesday.
Last week, Russian prosecutors demanded 13 years in a maximum-security facility for Navalny â€” a long-time outspoken opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin â€” who is already serving time behind bars.
On Tuesday, Judge Margarita Kotova said the court found that Navalny â€œhad committed fraud, the theft of property of others by an organized group,â€ according to AFP.
Navalny gave a statement to the court from the prison colony where heâ€™s currently detained. He denounced the terms of his trial and, referring to Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine, said â€œto fight this war is everyoneâ€™s duty.â€
Prosecutors have also asked the court to impose a 1.2 million ruble (around â‚¬10,000) fine on Navalny.
Navalny was originallyÂ arrestedÂ on his arrival back to Russia in January 2021 after being treated in Germany following a suspected Kremlin-sanctioned poisoning (the government has denied involvement in the poisoning). Russian authorities thenÂ slappedÂ Navalny with a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for what they said were parole violations.