Ksenia Fadeyeva, an ally of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for alleged extremist activities by a Siberian court.
Fadeyeva is the former director of Navalny’s local headquarters in the city of Tomsk, where she also served as a member of the city council. On Friday, she was sentenced to 9 years in prison and fined around €5,000. The court charged her with alleged activities within an extremist organization while she held her official position, according to Mediazona.
“What happened during this trial has nothing to do with justice. In fact, we were bullied last week. The defense was limited in the phase of presenting evidence,” Fadeyeva’s lawyer said Friday after the trial, according to Mediazona.
The prosecution – which requested a 10.5 year prison sentence for Fadeyeva – was allowed to present “months of evidence during more than 25 hearings”, but Fadeyeva’s defense team was not given any only “four days to present evidence,” his lawyer said.
Fadeyeva was arrested in December 2021, after a Moscow court declared Navalny’s political group, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, an “extremist” political network and banned all of its activities in June 2021. In January 2022, Fadeyeva was included on the Russian terrorist list.
“Ksenia has not committed any crime, she is a courageous politician fighting against Putin’s corrupt regime. She must be free,” Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation said last week.
The sentence comes after Navalny launched his election campaign to vote for anyone except incumbent President Vladimir Putin in March’s elections. Shortly after the launch, Navalny disappeared for three weeks while being transferred to another penal colony above the Arctic Circle.
In August, Navalny was sentenced to another 19 years in a maximum security prison.