Russian court asked to restrict freedom of aid Navalny for 2 years

Russian court asked to restrict freedom of aid Navalny for 2 years

Russian prosecutors are asking court to impose restrictions on spokesperson for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny Kira Yarmysh, who is currently under house arrest awaiting trial for two years, according to his Twitter account .
“The prosecutor’s office is asking that Kira be granted 2 years of restricted freedom … and that she remain under house arrest until the sentence comes into force,” an article posted on Yarmysh’s Twitter account said Thursday.

The Russian Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The court’s verdict is expected on August 16, according to another post on Yarmysh’s Twitter account.

Russia cracked down on the opposition ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for September. Most of Navalny’s prominent allies have left Russia or are facing prosecution.

Veronika Polyakova, Yarmysh’s lawyer, said on Twitter that prosecutors wanted to ban Yarmysh from leaving her home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., leaving Moscow or moving to another place of residence.

Yarmysh has been under house arrest since February, accused of breaking COVID-19 safety rules in what authorities called an unauthorized protest in support of Navalny, a charge she said was politically motivated .

The 31-year-old has been Navalny’s spokesperson since 2014.

Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, is himself serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for violation of parole linked to a conviction for embezzlement that he claims was trumped up.


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