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Russia Update: January 19, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Moscow Court Rules Navalny Must Pay $5089 in Damages to Sen. Sablin, Anti-Maidan/Fighting Brotherhood Leader
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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has lost yet another court case, he writes on Twitter: he must pay a total of 408,000 in damages ($5089) to Senator Sablin for publishing a picture of his mansion and raising questions about how he could afford it.

Sablin is a member of the Federation Council or upper chamber of Russia's parliament, head of Fighting Brotherhood, an organization of veterans that has promoted Russia's wars in Ukraine and Syria, and also the Anti-Maidan movement which has heckled and even beaten anti-war marchers.

Translation: The senator "won" his case against me in "court." Why I am not surprised.
Translation: 408,000 rubles has to be found now for the senator.

Translation: Anti-Maidan activist Sablin heads Fighting Brotherhood. He has not spent a day in a single hot spot.

Ivan Zhdanov, the head of the Anti-Corruption Fund's legal department, posted the outcome of the trial on Facebook (translation by The Interpreter):

The Lyublinsky District Court has just satisfied the suit of Senator Sablin against Aleksei Navalny and ruled to fine him for 250,000 rubles for moral damages and 158,00 rubles for court costs. The court considered that Senator Sablin suffered in his enormous undeclared residence in Rublyovka.

Moreover, the court rejected both linguistic expertise as well as acquaintance with the documents and other important procedural appeals.

The court did not listen to our arguments that the property is undeclared. Where did the senator get a home for $10 million?

And this is while similar suits against Chaika are not even accepted by the court. And given that usually moral damage is not fined in amounts more than 50,000 rubles. Well, try to seek moral damages if you were poisoned in a cafe and lay a week in the hospital. They will satisfy you with 10,000 rubles, 20,000, 30,000, but not more, but no 250,000!

On the whole, this is the latest attack of persecution against Alexey Navalny by the government. But at least it's not for 10 million.

The rest of the demands (including the part about the demands of Sablin's wife) the court rejected.
According to reporting on the Nemtsov murder by Novaya Gazeta last year which we covered, Sablin was known to support the Sever Battalion, whose members have been indicted for the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and whose commander, Ruslan Geremeyev, also believed to be behind the murder, has fled Russia. A picture of him with the unit commanders in Grozny was published by Novaya Gazeta.


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick