Kremlin Critic Vladimir Kara-Murza Sentenced 25 Years To Prison
Vladimir Kara-Murza sentenced 25 years in a Russian prison on Monday. However, the outspoken Kremlin critic didn't back down and told the court that one day "Russia would be free."
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Vladimir Kara-Murza sentenced 25 yearsin a Russian prison on Monday. However, the outspoken Kremlin critic didn't back down and told the court that one day "Russia would be free."
At a court hearing that his supporters and members of the media were not allowed to attend, Kara-Murza got one of Russia's harshest sentences in recent years. The 41-year-old father of three children was found guilty of treason and other crimes because he spoke out against the invasion of Ukraine in the U.S. and Europe.
Kara-Murza said last week that he is still proud of standing up to the "dictatorship" of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to send troops into Ukraine.
Russian opposition activist Kara-Murza sentenced to 25 years in prison
Monday, a Moscow court gave Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza a 25-year prison sentence for criticizing the war in Ukraine. This is the longest prison sentence given to a government opponent since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
The judges gave the prosecutors the full 25-year prison sentence they had asked for. Kara-Murza said she wasn't guilty when she was charged. Kara-Murza is being charged because of a speech he gave to the Arizona House of Representatives on March 15 in which he spoke out against Russia's war in Ukraine.
While he was in jail, investigators added the treason charge. Soon after it sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russia made it illegal to spread "false information" about its military.
Authorities have often used a wartime law to stop people from saying bad things about what the Kremlin calls "a special military operation." Kara-Murza has been critical of Putin for a long time, and he has tried to kill him twice.
In March 2022, he spoke out against the war in front of the Arizona House of Representatives. In April 2022, he criticized Putin's government for going after critics in an interview with CNN. His wife says that he was arrested soon after for "not following the orders of law enforcement." Later on Monday, Kara-Murza's lawyer said that his client's health was getting worse.
While he was already in custody, a number of symptoms associated with numbness of limbs and nerve failure have worsened.- Kara-Murza's lawyer
Eismont said Kara-Murza was first diagnosed with polyneuropathy, which happens when nerves in the extremities of the body are damaged when he was taken to a civilian hospital in Moscow at the end of March for an exam. Eismont said that the results of the exam showed that his nerves in both legs and one arm were in bad shape.
Kara-Murza was one of a small group of well-known people in the opposition who stayed in Russia because they wanted to speak out against the war. Most of them are now in prison and will be there for a long time. One of the three judges in Kara-Murza's case had been punished under the Magnitsky Act, which shows how political the case was.
Even though Kara-Murza was in jail before his trial, he stayed in the public eye. He wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post in which he said he was sure Russia would get out of its most recent period of repression.
A well-known Russian human rights activist and Kremlin critic, Vladimir Kara-Murza sentenced 25 years in prison for criticizing Moscow's war in Ukraine in public. The international community has criticized this decision as being politically motivated and harsh.
Kara-Murza was arrested for the first time a year ago, right after an interview with CNN in which he called Vladimir Putin's government a "regime of murderers." He was put on trial for crimes like treason, spreading false information about the Russian army, and helping an unsavory group do bad things.