Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in prison after being detained at a major opposition protest that he had inspired by issuing a video exposing an outstanding wealth of the incumbent Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in a trial many experts access as a ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ to jail a political opponent of Kremlin. Navalny asked the judge to invite prime minister to court to explain the source of his lucrative lifestyle to Russian tax-payers.
A Moscow court issued the verdict on Monday against Navalny for allegedly resisting police orders on Sunday when he walked to the protest in the Russian capital.
Navalny, 40, posted a selfie on Twitter from the courtroom, saying: “A time will come when we’ll put them on trial too – and that time it will be fair.”
“Even the slightest allusion of fair justice is absent here,” Navalny said when given a word to defendant himself, complaining about the judge striking down one motion after another.
“Yesterday’s events have shown that quite a large number of voters in Russia support the program of a candidate who stands for fighting corruption. These people demand political representation – and I strive to be their political representative.”