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Russia Update: May 13, 2015
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Today opposition leader Alexey Navalny faced yet another court proceeding, this time to determine whether a petition from the Federal Corrections Service (FSIN) to send him to serve a five year sentence would be approved, Media Zone reported.

The sentence was from the Kirovles case, where he was charged with fraud in a lumber sale. He was given a suspended sentence at the time and allowed to run for mayor of Moscow, where he got about 30% of the votes.

FSIN had demanded his suspended sentence be turned into a real one because he kept being detained for demonstrations and leafletting, thus violating the terms of parole in their view.

TV crews were not allowed to film the court proceedings. Correspondents from NTV, which is notorious for being an arm of state propaganda and harassment of dissenters, called out to Navalny, asking him why he was meeting with the Hungarian ambassador and whether Mikhail Khodorkovsky funded him.

His supporters tweeted a list of all his arrests and court cases in the last year which besides the Kirovoles case, involved the Yves Roches East case for which his brother was sentenced to 3.5 years in labor colony and he himself was given a 3.5 year suspended sentence; for writing an article in the New York Times; for meeting Roman Rubanov, head of his Anti-Corruption Fund; for giving interviews to journalists; and for leafletting in the metro.

FSIN testified that Navalny violated the terms of his house arrest by going to pickets and demonstrations

Navalny kept up his sense of humor during the proceedings and in his self-defense said that he was exposing state corruption which the authorities should appreciate.

The judge found that Navalny had in fact committed two administrative offenses but they were a year apart but he had maintained the conditions of his parole otherwise, and therefore extended his parole another 3 months.

Translation: At Lyublino Court for some reason there's a picet about Serdyukov. Or about Yakunin. Or about Sechin.

The picketer is in fact opposed to Navalny, but he is joking that his sign "A Thief Should Sit in Jail" could apply to one of the officials Navalny has exposed in corruption.

Translation: Awaiting the decision.

Translation: This photo document from the materials of the case was a decisive argument in favor of a suspended sentence. It proves everything.

The images are from the cartoon "My Little Pony."

Translation: "If before I was accused of stealing, now I am handing out leaflets. I'm reforming!" says Navalny.

Translation: "I hold discussions with you as well; I tell you about how your Reymer is a thief and I turned out to be right."

As we reported, Aleksandr Reymer is an official of the Federal Corrections service under who was arrested and is now under investigation for corruption.

Translation: "He comes to us at the parole office for a chat, seemingly a positive person, but as soon as he goes out the door, the police begin detaining him."
Translation: Alexey Navalny thanks everyone for their support.
Translation: Romensky: @navalny has come out and thanked everyone and announced that the Anti-Corruption Fund will continue its investigations.

 (Note: The Interpreter is a project of the Institute for Modern Russia which is funded by Pavel Khodorkovsky, the son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky).

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick