Russia | The opposition politician who survived the poisoning attempts was charged with treason

“We have seen during Vladimir Putin’s 17-year reign that the death rate of those who disagree with the Kremlin is high for some reason,” Kara-Murza said in an interview with HS in 2017.

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza has been charged with treason, says the Russian news agency Tass. Based on the indictment, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Kara-Murza, 41, was arrested and remanded in custody last April after allegedly spreading lies about the Russian military. Kara-Murtsa has criticized Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

Tass said that according to the Russian intelligence service FSB, Kara-Murza has “collaborated with one NATO country for a long time”. The country was not named in the article.

The charges have been brought on the basis of Article 275 of the Criminal Code. The crimes mentioned in the article are, for example, leaking state secrets abroad and acting on the enemy’s account, Tass explained.

Kara-Murza has served as vice president of the Open Russia organization. The founder of the organization is Mikhail Khodorkovskyoligarch, opposition activist and formerly imprisoned president Vladimir Putin an opponent who lives in exile in London.

Kara-Murza is considered a late liberal politician Boris Nemtsov as a shield. Nemtsov was murdered by shooting in Moscow near the Kremlin in February 2015. The handling of the murder has been considered suspicious.

Three months after Nemtsov’s murder, Kara-Murza developed strange symptoms and was hospitalized for a suspected poisoning attempt. According to suspicions, there was also an attempt to poison him in 2017.

“Both times the doctors estimated my chance of survival at five percent,” Kara-Murza said In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat in 2017.

Due to the latter poisoning, he had to be put into an induced coma when his internal organs stopped working.

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“We have seen during Putin’s 17-year reign that the death rate of those who disagree with the Kremlin is high for some reason,” Kara-Murza told HS.

Russian the most famous opposition activist Alexei Navalny attempted poisoning with Novichok nerve agent in 2020, but managed to save him in a hospital in Berlin.

After returning to Russia, he was arrested and sentenced to prison in two separate trials.

Press photo of HBO’s documentary about Navalny.

Navalnyi first received a five-year suspended prison sentence for embezzlement in 2014. It was commuted to two-and-a-half years in spring 2021 after he was deemed to have violated his parole while in Berlin in hospital and recovering.

In March of this year, he received a new nine-year prison sentence for embezzlement and contempt of court. According to Navalny, the sentences have been politically motivated.

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