Alexei Navalny’s ally jailed for video mail

Alexei Navalny’s ally jailed for video mail


A Russian court has sentenced the ally of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to two and a half years in prison on charges of pornography. Russia is nearing the closure of Alexei Navalny’s political network. The network’s regional offices have announced that they will be disbanding before deciding whether the network will be identified as extremists.

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A Russian court has sentenced the ally of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to two and a half years in prison on charges of pornography. Russia is nearing the closure of Alexei Navalny’s political network. The network’s regional offices have announced that they will be disbanding before deciding whether the network will be identified as extremists.

The court in Arkhangelsk, northern Russia, ruled that Andrei Borovikov, a former coordinator for Navalny’s offices, had spread pornography by reposting a music video by German metal band Rammstein.

Borovikov, 32, pleaded guilty to the charges and his defense team will contest the decision, lawyer Andrei Kychin added.

Opposition news website MBKh Media reported that Borovikov republished the music video for Rammstein’s song “Pussy” in 2014 on VKontakte, a popular Russian social network similar to Facebook.

The news page said a former volunteer for Navalny’s Arkhangelsk offices notified police of the post in 2019 and charges were brought against Borovikov in September 2020.

One version of the music video shows Rammstein playing his song, interspersed with footage of scantily clad women dancing at a strip bar.

In a second issue, a couple have intercourse towards the end of the clip.

It wasn’t immediately clear which Borovikov had reposted because he deleted the post.

Amnesty International called the case against Borovikov “absolutely absurd” on Wednesday.

“It is obvious that he is only punished for his activism and not for his taste in music,” the group quoted Moscow director Natalia Zvyagina as saying.

(With contributions from agencies)

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