Former coordinator of Navalny’s Tomsk headquarters sentenced to nine years in prison

A Tomsk court has sentenced Ksenia Fadeyeva, the former coordinator of Navalny’s local headquarters in Tomsk, to nine years in prison, Mediazona reports.

The former coordinator was convicted of two federal crimes: organising the activities of an “extremist community” and working for an organisation that “infringes on citizens’ rights”. Fadeyeva pleaded not guilty on both counts.

Fadeyeva was first detained in December 2021, a few months after a Moscow court deemed Navalny’s headquarters an “extremist organisation”. Simultaneously, the Investigative Committee opened a separate “extremism” case against Navalny and his supporters.

At the time of Fadeyeva’s detention, the court forbade her from using the Internet, attending public events, and communicating with anyone except relatives, lawyers and doctors.

In 2022, Fadeyeva’s name was added to the list of terrorists and extremists published by Russia’s Financial Monitoring Service.

In August 2023, her case went to trial behind closed doors.

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