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Putin’s poisoned opponent faces an additional prison term
Alexei Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s main political opponents, went to court February 15 for embezzlement and contempt of court. If convicted, Navalny could face up to 15 years in prison in addition to two and a half years in prison.
Bulk partly became famous in 2018 presidential candidacybut the authorities kept it away bulletin. In August 2020, Bulk was poisoned with a deadly neuro-paralytic substance by Russian forces, which led he falls into a coma.
His latest allegations are related to the accusation that his Anti-Corruption Foundation was set up to steal funds for his personal use. The indictment also says Navalny used his presidential candidacy as another way to embezzle money.
Bulk was an avid critic about the circumstances of the trial – mainly claiming that the courtroom is a few hours outside of Moscow, which, he said, is a tactic to reduce media attention.
“I insulted your dark ruler Putin by not only surviving but returning,” Navalny said in a statement by a judge and prosecutor’s office. “Now he will extend my prison terms forever.”
The next court hearing planned for February 21st.
Struggle for the release of Nicaraguan political prisoners
International human rights organizations is calling On February 10, the Nicaraguan government is to release seven political opponents who have been sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Calls against Nicaragua came after Hugo Torres, who planned to run for president before he was accused by incumbent President Daniel Ortega, died in custody last week after he failed to receive proper medical care.
“This is the desperate suffering of a regime that feels it is dying,” Torres said last June. “I never thought that at this stage of my life I would fight peacefully and civilly against the new dictatorship.”
Imprisonment is part of many of Ortegai’s human rights abuses, led by the United States and the European Union impose sanctions across the country. Ortega, who is running for a fourth term as president, has doomed seven opposition presidential candidates. Among other legal violations and shortcuts, some lawsuits lasted only a few hours.
All 18 political prisoners accused of crimes against Nicaragua were charged with a crime, and eight were sentenced to more than eight years in prison. Leicester Aleman, who led the student protests against Ortega in 2018, faces the longest prison term of 13 years.
An opponent of the Indian government destroyed one tweet
The youth wing of India’s dominant Bharatiya Janata Party has filed more than 1,000 complaints to the police against the enemy Rahul Gandhi after a tweet he posted on February 10th. The group argued that the tweet, which contributed to the unity of India and its states, did not include several states east of West Bengal that had long been contested by border states.
Himanta Biswan Sarma, Assam’s Chief Minister, harshly criticized tweet that his state is not included in the unity of India. Since the exchange, the BJP youth wing has said Gandhi’s position on long-disputed borders is on the side of neighboring countries such as China.
Before the controversial tweet Gandhi had previously said that the Government of India limiting its reaching the public on social media platforms such as Twitter is part of a larger movement to stifle political opponents from attracting attention online.
“I was reliably, albeit discreetly, informed by people on Twitter India that they were under tremendous pressure from the government to drown out my voice,” – Gandhi wrote in a statement in December 2021 to Twitter CEO Parag Agraval.
During the deadliest COVID-19 surge in India in April 2021 the government ordered some online posts will be deleted due to the possibility of inciting them to violence. Many of the reports were critical of India’s handling of rising cases, and some called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign.
In addition to suppressing BJP social networks, some opponents were physically locked in their homes. The three former leaders of Jammu and Kashmir – Farouk Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbuba Mufti – were put to house arrest after a peaceful sit-in on December 31.
Prior to the house arrests, they protested against the government’s delimitation commission, which they accused of deliberately changing the borders to increase parliamentary seats. The commission is seeking to redraw the borders of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving six more places for Jammu and one for Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir have been around for a long time fought Pakistan, India, China and local groups seeking independence. The state was semi-autonomous until 2019, when India disbanded and reorganized it into two states fully integrated into India as union territories. Indian military forces continued to occupy the territory after the disbandment, which led to numerous violent protests, including after Indian forces killed two Kashmiri citizens in November 2021.
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