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Putin Foe Navalny Slams Ukraine War After New Sentence

  • Judge sentenced Navalny to term in a high-security prison
  • Verdict comes amid crackdown on opposition to Ukraine war
Alexey Navalny, center, during the verdict for his trial at the IK-2 prison colony in Pokrov, Russia, on March 22.
Alexey Navalny, center, during the verdict for his trial at the IK-2 prison colony in Pokrov, Russia, on March 22.Source: AFP/Getty Images
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A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny to nine years in a high-security prison in a ruling that will keep President Vladimir Putin’s top critic sidelined amid a harsh crackdown on the opposition.

Navalny, who is currently serving a two-and-a-half year sentence that the European Court of Human Rights called politically motivated, in a series of tweets called on people to oppose the “war criminals” in Putin’s regime who were behind the invasion of Ukraine, which has plunged Russia into economic crisis and international isolation.