2017-09-18 14:13:00

Navalny's volunteer gets 2 years for religious affiliation

Cheboksary, September 18, Interfax - The Novocheboksarsky City Court of Chuvashia on Monday handed out a guilty verdict in a case involving a volunteer from the regional headquarters of opposition activist Alexey Navalny, who was charged with two crimes.

Alexey Mironov was charged with public calls for extremist activities and fanning hatred or feuds or belittling human dignity, according to Otkrytaya Rossiya coordinator in Chuvashia Dmitry Semyonov.

He was charged with reposting two pictures in 2016 on the social networking site Vkontakte, one of which contained a phrase calling for the forcible change of power. The other fanned hatred or feuds based on religious affiliation.

"Alexey Mironov was held to administrative liability for reposting those pictures and deleted them, but then criminal cases were opened," Semyonov said.

The case was tried in the Novocheboksarsky City Court behind closed doors. The court sentenced Mironov to two years and three months in a penal settlement.

"The decision will be contested in the Supreme Court of Chuvashia within ten days. Alexey is now at home. If the sentence takes legal effect, he will have to get to the penal settlement on his own," Semyonov said.