Navalny: Putin is ‘crazy’ to start ‘silly war’ on Ukraine

Detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Vladimir Putin was “a madman” for starting a “stupid war” in Ukraine.

The 45-year-old Kremlin critic said at a court hearing on Tuesday that he tried to appeal the nine-year sentence he claimed was politically motivated, but failed.

At the end of March, Navalny, who had already been serving a 30-month sentence, was sentenced to additional prison terms for fraud and contempt of court. Rights groups described the case as a “fake trial.”

Appearing in the video link on Tuesday, Navalny said the prosecution’s “facts” were not true and compared to the lies Putin used to justify the war in Ukraine.

Regarding allegations that the Russian president is ‘blaming’ Ukraine, Navalny said: “A madman is sticking his claws in Ukraine and I don’t know what he wants to do with it. You crazy thief.”

The dissident added that Russia is run by criminals who should be considered enemies of the people.

His spokesman Kira Yarmysh tweeted that President Vladimir Putin was facing a new criminal case he planned “to keep Navalny in prison for as long as possible.”

“The task of the world right now is to defeat Putin as soon as possible,” she added.

Navalny encouraged the Russian public to oppose the Russian president, even at the risk of losing their freedom.

Shortly after Putin began his invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Navalny called him a “crazy little tsar” and encouraged the public not to turn Russia into a “land of terrified cowards.”

“I urge everyone to take to the streets and fight for peace,” he said. “If we have to fill prisons and police cars to prevent war, we will fill prisons and police cars.”

“Everything has a price, and now you have to pay the price in the spring of 2022.”

World leaders, including Boris Johnson, have praised Navalny’s courage in recent months, and the British Prime Minister said he “continues to show incredible courage in fighting the Putin regime”.

“I think I’ve seen Putin use some sort of exaggerated charge against those trying to hold him accountable or participate in the democratic process,” a spokesman for Putin said. Said at the time of Navalny’s most recent conviction.

The 45-year-old man was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany. There he received the widely known treatment of neurotoxic poisoning, ordered by the Kremlin.

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