I’ve written two previous posts regarding Mr Yale graduate. Hand picked and groomed as some kind of an alleged crusader for justice leader. Imagine me rolling my eyes here folks?
Even CNN labels Navalny a Kremlin critic- Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny found guilty in retrial
Alexey Navalny, was found guilty Wednesday of embezzlement following a retrial in a Russian court.
Judge Alexey Vtyurin handed Navalny a five-year suspended prison sentence.
The conviction will likely bar Navalny, who heads the Progress Party, from standing for the presidency in 2018 as planned, since Russian law forbids convicted criminals running for political office.
Following the sentencing, Navalny tweeted in Russian: "We will continue our campaign and our fight for a better Russia despite this verdict dictated by the Kremlin. We do not recognize it and will overturn it."
Navalny also said via a livestream from the courtroom that the sentence was "a cable from the Kremlin that says they consider us too dangerous to let us run in the presidential election."The absurdity of Navalny's statement is beyond compare- those statements are for western media consumption. Navalny is a nothing and a no one in Russia. It would be incredible if he could even garner 10% of the vote. Seriously, it would be amazing! There would probably have to be vote rigging in his favour for him to even get 10 percent of the vote!
"He announced his plans to run for the presidential election, but he wouldn't have more than 10 percent," Sutyagin, speaking from Oxfordshire, told Al Jazeera.Yahoo
In July 2013 he was found guilty in an embezzlement case involving an allegedly crooked timber deal and given a five-year suspended sentence, after an initial ruling to jail him was quickly altered when it prompted protests.rferl
But Navalny was then forced to spend months under house arrest and often kept incommunicado over another graft case linked to the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.
They are charged with stealing 31 million rubles ($520,000) from two companies, including an affiliate of French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher, and of laundering some of the money.
He was also given a suspended sentence in that case, but his brother Oleg, a co-defendant, was not so lucky: He was imprisoned for three and a half years.
If you're not familiar with Navalny..
From 2013: The Strange Case of Alexei Navalny
-Navalny’s theft of state property
-He has a record of embezzlement of public property and, therefore, ineligible to hold office
- He (Navalny) went to Yale under an American scholarship and returned to Russia as a freshly-minted public crusader
- Is Navalny an individual or is he a project?
From 2014: Alexei Navalny- He's back! Was he ever truly gone?- Destabilizing Russia
|Staged Photo-op: Navalny and a sign. Cameras, photographers & no one else! No supporters. No Surprise|
|The typical 'defiant' photo- Yawn|