A Russian court docket sentences the dissident Orlov to 2 and a half years in jail | EUROtoday

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Russian dissident Oleg Orlov, a veteran human rights defender, was sentenced this Tuesday by a Moscow court docket to 2 and a half years in jail for his repeated criticism of the offensive in Ukraine.

Orlov, from 70 years outdated, was a part of it oeneg Memoriala corporation that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022 for his work to protect the reminiscence of the repression throughout the Soviet period and which was dissolved by Russian justice.

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“The court decided to find Orlov guilty and sentence him to a sentence of two years and six months (…) in a penal colony”the decide introduced when studying the decision, reported an AFP journalist who attended the trial.

After the decision was learn, Orlov, wearing a wonderful sweater, winked at his spouse Tatiana and mentioned: “Tania, you promised me”apparently asking her to not cry.

Dozens of individuals got here to court docket to help Orlovwho was one of many final critics of the Kremlin who was free and who was nonetheless in Russia, since many have gone into exile.

Orlov denounced on Monday in his final intervention earlier than the court docket “the strangulation of freedom” in Russia and the sending of Russian troops to Ukraine.

“I do not regret anything”he assured.

He additionally criticized the dying on February 16 of the opponent Alexi Navalni in an Arctic jail, which he described as “murder” and known as on different opponents to “not lose courage.”

Orlov by no means needed to depart Russia.

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A police officer places handcuffs on Oleg Orlov.ALEXANDER NEMENOV | AFP

“I'm more useful here,” he informed AFP in an interview in mid-February, wherein he defended that It is “important” that there are important voices that stay in Russiaregardless of the systematic repression.

This dissident was discovered responsible within the first occasion in October 2023 of “discrediting” the military and was sentenced to a small wonderful, a light-weight sentence in comparison with the same old sentences in opposition to different critics of the federal government.

The Russian justice then determined to enchantment the sentence and opened a brand new course of in opposition to the dissident.