Headline RoundupAugust 4th, 2023

Russian Court Extends Putin Critic Navalny's Prison Sentence to 19 Years

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned Russian critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime, had his prison sentence in a Russian penal colony extended to 19 years on Friday for charges condemned by western countries as politically motivated. 

Details: Navalny has been a vocal critic of Putin for decades. He has published blogs and released videos highlighting corruption in Russian leadership. In 2020, Navalny fell ill from what was later deemed a poisoning. After recovering in Germany, he returned to Russia and was immediately arrested. These new charges allege Navalny founded and funded an extremist organization. In 2021, the Russian government outlawed all organizations founded by Navalny, including his Anti-Corruption Foundation, labeling them “extremist.” 

Key Quotes: Following the sentencing, a tweet from Navalny read, “The sentencing figure is not for me. It is for you. You, not me, are being frightened and deprived of the will to resist. You are being forced to surrender your country of Russia without a fight to the gang of traitors, thieves, and scoundrels who have seized power. Putin must not achieve his goal. Do not lose the will to resist.” United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted, “The United States strongly condemns Russia’s conviction of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny on politically motivated charges. The Kremlin cannot silence the truth. Navalny should be released.”

How the Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated outlets moderately covered the verdict, with little attention from right-rated outlets. Most coverage prominently highlighted sources and statements deeming the trial to be politically motivated.

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