Ex-head of Navalny’s headquarters Chanysheva faces 18 years in prison – DW – 09-20-2022

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Peter Kavinsky

Russian investigators have finalized the preparation of charges against Lilia Chanysheva, the former head of Alexei Navalny’s headquarters in Ufa. Telegram Channel opposition politician and former head of the FBK Ivan Zhdanov. According to him, the latest charge against Chanysheva includes three articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, according to which the accused can be sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison.

Chanysheva is accused of “activities of an extremist community using its official position” (Part 3 of Article 282.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), of “calling for extremism” (Part 1 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). the Russian Federation) ) and “creation of an organization violating the rights of citizens” (Part 3 of Article 282.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) 3 Article 239 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

According to Zhdanov, the Chanysheva trial will take place in Bashkiria, where “rule is the local king Khabirov, who hates Lilia”. Zhdanov notes that after Russian authorities declared organizations associated with Alexei Navalny extremist, Chanysheva had no affiliation with them, but “it is ridiculous to refer to these formalities.”

Chanysheva is the first to be arrested under the article about “leading an extremist community”

Lilia Chanysheva was detained for more than 10 months – she was detained in November 2021 after the Russian Federation Commission of Inquiry reported in late September 2021 that a case had been filed against Navalny and his associates, as well as other activists, for an “extremist community” (Parts 1 and 2 of Article 282.1 of the Criminal Code). She became the first of the activists detained in the Russian Federation on similar charges. Initially, Chanysheva was arrested for two months, but then her detention was extended, despite numerous complaints.

At the end of 2021, employees of the Commission of Inquiry carried out a wave of arrests of former heads of Navalny . headquarters throughout Russia, despite the fact that the organization did not exist at the time. Other leaders, for example, the former head of the headquarters in St. Petersburg, Irina Fatyanova, who had previously left the Russian Federation, – court sentenced to millions of dollars in fines for “the police are working overtime at protests.”

Chanysheva was accused, among other things, of violating the law on “foreign agents”, but in December 2021 the court dismissed the related administrative case. However, the activist remained in custody due to investigative measures in the “extremist” case.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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