Kremlin critic Navalny loses appeal against jail term

The Kremlin’s most prominent critic Alexei Navalny has lost his appeal to be released from prison.

A Moscow court on Saturday did shorten his original 3-1/2 year jail term by six weeks.

You can hear his response. Navalny’s saying: “They’ve reduced the sentence by 1-1/2 months. Great!”

He said he had been unable to report to the Moscow prison service last year because he had been convalescing in Germany from the near-fatal poisoning he suffered in Siberia last August. Many Western nations said a nerve agent was behind that.

His lawyer, Vadim Kobzev:

“Today’s verdict was expected for us. We consider it unlawful. Nothing has changed. All the arguments made in the court of the first instance, they got rejected then, they got rejected now.”

The ruling paves the way for Navalny to be transferred from jail to a prison camp.

President Vladmir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about Navalny’s political future following the court decision. Peskov only said, “It is absolutely none of our business.”