MOSCOW, February 20 – RIA Novosti. Alexey Navalny must pay a fine of 850 thousand rubles in the case of libel against a veteran of the Great Patriotic War within three days from the date of entry into force of the verdict, otherwise he may be replaced with another punishment, Judge Vera Akimova pointed out in her guilty verdict.
The Magistrates' Court of the Yuzhnoye Medvedkovo metropolitan area earlier on Saturday ordered Navalny to pay a fine of 850 thousand rubles in the case of libel against the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko. The court concluded that Navalny's guilt was proven by the testimony of the veteran himself, his grandson, a nurse and a neighbor, as well as witnesses who accidentally found the blogger's comments on the Internet and reported them to the UK. The verdict also takes into account the results of the examination of the linguist who sided with the prosecution. According to the materials read out in the court, the defendant did not admit guilt and declared the political nature of the case.
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This amount of a fine of 850 thousand rubles, as indicated by the judge in the verdict, must be paid within three days from the date the verdict enters into legal force, that is, after considering possible appeals.
“In the case of malicious evasion of the payment of a fine, he can be replaced by another punishment, except for imprisonment,” the verdict says.
A criminal libel case was opened due to Navalny's comments on a video in which veteran Ignat Artemenko spoke in support of amendments 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.