Aleksei A. Navalny, jailed Russian opposition politician, used Thursday’s trial to condemn President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The war with Ukraine was opened to cover up the robbery of Russian citizens and divert their attention away from the country’s internal problems, from the recession of the economy,” Mr. Navalny said.
Mr. Navalny, who is serving a prison sentence that can be extended up to 15 years if he is found guilty of embezzlement and other crimes, goes on to say: “This war will result in a large number of victims, ruined lives and further impoverishment of the Russian people.”
Mr. Navalny, who has built a major anti-corruption organization and opposition party over the past decade with thousands of supporters and offices across Russia, has Poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent in 2020 and was arrested when he returned home last year.
Some critics of Putin have described his campaign against Navalny’s organization, which has been declared an extremist and banned, as a prelude to the attack he has launched against into Ukraine.
Mr. Navalny continued to criticize Putin via Twitter, through his lawyers, who occasionally met him in prison. On Tuesday, after Putin gave a long, heartbreaking speech in which he appeared to claim all of Ukraine, Navalny posted a lengthy Twitter line calling members of his inner circle. Putin is “old thieves”.
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