MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. Alexei Navalny compared the meeting where he was tried for libel against a veteran of the Great Patriotic War with interrogation by the Nazis – and received a new remark from the judge, and then threatened to “take” the judge out of the hall for the second time, for which he also received a reprimand and was deprived to ask questions to the witness, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the hall of the Babushkinsky court in Moscow.
“The interrogation in the fascist commandant's office is very similar to this court session. In this connection, your honor, I am asking permission to address you not” your honor “, but” Obersturmbannfuehrer “, please,” he said.
The blogger added that if a German machine gun is placed on the judge's table, it will look “great”. In response, the judge called his behavior “unacceptable.”
However, this did not reassure the defendant: he soon threatened to “take the judge out of the courtroom,” after which he was deprived of the right to ask questions to the prosecution witness, the linguist Albina Glotova.
“I am reprimanding you, you have abused your right, the interrogation on your part is over … If you do not stop abusing your right, I will now take you out of the hall,” Judge Vera Akimova announced.
During today's meeting, the blogger received numerous remarks from the judge for his familiar appeal to the participants in the trial: the phrases “doll”, “merchant grandfather” (about the veteran and his grandson), “my dear” (about the prosecutor) and “I will I'll delete it myself “(addressing the judge).
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.