Court rejects FSIN request to replace Navalny's probation with prison term

The Lyublinsky District Court in Moscow has rejected a request by the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) to change the suspended sentence with a real prison term for the opposition activist Alexei Navalny as part of the Kirovles case.

The Lyublinsky District Court in Moscow has rejected a request by the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) to change the suspended sentence with a real prison term for the opposition activist Alexei Navalny as part of the Kirovles case.

"The FSIN filing was returned due to improper paperwork," a court spokesperson told Interfax.

It was reported earlier that FSIN had sent a filing to the court, asking for the suspended sentence imposed on the opposition activist Alexei Navalny in the Kirovles case to be replaced with a real prison sentence.

On July 18, 2013, the Leninsky District Court in the town of Kirov sentenced Navalny to five years in prison for stealing funds from the Kirovles company. Another suspect in the case, Pyotr Ofitserov, was sentenced to four years. Both were taken into custody in the courtroom but were released the following day on travel restrictions until the verdict takes effect. Later the Kirov regional court replaced both verdicts with suspended sentences and fined Navalny and Ofitserov 500,000 rubles.

On September 2, 2014, Moscow City Court upheld the Lyublinsky Court's decision to extend Navalny's probationary period by three months over the guilty verdict in the Kirovles case.

On February 19, Moscow's Presnya District Court sentenced Navalny to 15 days in jail for his involvement in handing out of leaflets with his fellow opposition activists outside a metro station in Moscow on February 15. Navalny was found guilty of repeated violations of the rules on rallies and protests (Article 20.2 part eight of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses).

After reading out the ruling, lawyer Vadim Kobzev said that the latest verdict could trigger the FSIN's demand for a tougher penalty for Navalny in the Kirovles case. In extending his probationary period by another three months, the Lyublinsky Court stressed that the opposition activist must not commit administrative offenses from then on, the lawyer said.

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