MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. A doctor from the polyclinic Sarkhan Kichibekov, during interrogation in court in the case of Alexei Navalny about libel against a veteran, said that the veteran's heart pains were due to emotional stress.
Earlier, the nurse of the veteran Ignat Artemenko told the court about his worries in connection with Navalny's comments to the video, in which Artemenko spoke in support of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The next day, the veteran had to call an ambulance.
“On June 9, I came to Ignat Artemenko's house on a call. I was met by his grandson, there was a nurse and the patient himself, he was in a supine position. Artemenko complained of pain in the heart area. I asked about the causes of the pain, the patient noted that the pain arose against the background of emotional stress, “Kichibekov said in court.
A criminal case was opened against Navalny because of his comments on a video in which veteran Ignat Artemenko spoke in support of changes to the Russian Constitution. At the end of August, the court decided to suspend the process due to Navalny's illness – at that time he was in Germany, but in mid-January he returned to Russia and was detained, after which the hearings were resumed.
Navalny is charged with libel (part 2 of Article 128.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and faces a fine or forced labor. After the signing by Russian President Vladimir Putin of the law on increasing criminal liability for libel under this article, a harsher punishment is possible – imprisonment – but it does not apply to cases initiated earlier.
Navalny does not plead guilty. In the pre-trial detention center, he is awaiting the entry into force of the decision to replace his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with 3.5 years in prison. According to his defense estimates, if the decision cannot be challenged, the blogger will spend 2 years 8 months in the colony.