Russian prosecutors have asked for an extension of the prison sentence for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another 13 years, according to information provided by the TASS news agency.
At a hearing on Tuesday in a Russian court, prosecutors said they wanted the 45-year-old to face another 13 years behind bars for fraud and contempt of court charges.
The Kremlin critic is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year term east of Moscow for what he says are false accusations designed to reduce his influence.
It is recalled that Navalny was poisoned in 2020 with a nerve agent while campaigning in Siberia and accuses Russian secret services of attempted murder.
After returning to Russia in January 2021, after spending several months convalescing in Germany, Navalny was arrested and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Since then, the West has insistently demanded his release.
The Russian opponent is being tried again on new corruption charges, which the West and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consider merely political.
Source: with agencies