Russia Sends Journalist To 2-Month Custody For Links To Alexei Navalny Group

Alexei Navalny’s team condemned the incident (File)

Moscow, Russia:

A Moscow court on Friday ordered a journalist who covered the trial of late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny into pretrial detention on charges of “extremism.”

Prosecutors say Antonina Kravtsova, a correspondent for the independent media Sotavision, was a member of an “extremist organization,” a charge that carries a sentence of up to six years in prison.

Before Navalny’s death, the Kremlin outlawed his organization as an “extremist” group and has been cracking down on his remaining allies in Russia.

“The Basmany District Court ordered Antonina Kravtsova to be remanded to custody for two months,” the Moscow Court Press said in a Telegram post.

Kravtsova, also known as Antonina Favorskaya, regularly covered Navalny’s trial. She filmed his court hearing the day before he died in an Arctic prison last month.

She was arrested on her way out of prison earlier this week, having already served a 10-day sentence for failing to comply with a police order.

She was originally detained hours after visiting Mr Navalny’s grave in south Moscow during the Russian presidential election.

Prosecutors allege that Kravtsova posted material on Navalny’s social media platforms that is prohibited in Russia.

In court on Friday, Kravtsova said the lawsuit was in retaliation for an article she wrote about how Navalny was “tortured” in prison, Sotavision reported.

The article was shared on X by Mr Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, who called it an “important text”.

Navalny’s team condemned the incident, saying on Friday that the Russian regime was trying to stir up “a new wave of fear” among its critics.

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