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Politician Vladimir Kara-Murza sentenced to 25 years in prison “for treason and fakes about the army”

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On April 17th, Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent politician and journalist, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of collaborating with an “undesirable organization,” as well as treason and spreading falsehoods about the Russian army. The verdict was reported by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Moscow City Court has sentenced politician and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza to 25 years in prison on charges of treason, spreading false information about the army, and collaborating with an undesirable organization.

Kara-Murza was arrested in April 2022, initially in connection with a criminal case about spreading misinformation regarding the military. The investigation claimed that during a speech at the Arizona House of Representatives on March 15, Kara-Murza made false claims about the bombing of schools, hospitals, and maternity clinics in Ukraine. 

The second criminal case was brought against him because of a conference in support of political prisoners at the Sakharov Center in Moscow in 2021. The event was funded by Free Russia, an organization declared in Russia “undesirable.”

The treason charges against Kara-Murza alleged that he had "provided aid to organizations from NATO member countries against Russia's security," for which he was paid around 1.7 million rubles ($20,830) per month, according to RT.

"Russia will be free, tell everyone," Kara-Murza said after the verdict.

Despite demands from human rights activists to transfer Kara-Murza from the pre-trial detention center to a hospital, he was sent to a punishment cell where he experienced numbness in his legs. Kara-Murza's health had previously deteriorated due to two poisonings in 2015 and 2017, resulting in peripheral polyneuropathy.

Kara-Murza previously worked as the head of RTVi's division in Washington and published an interview about the alleged construction of a palace near Gelendzhik, which Alexei Navalny claimed was built for Vladimir Putin

Kara-Murza was associated with various democratic parties and worked alongside opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. He was a strong advocate for the Magnitsky Act since 2011, which led to imposing sanctions against Russian officials who violated human rights. 

Kara-Murza served as the coordinator and deputy chairman of Open Russia and headed the Boris Nemtsov Foundation. In February 2022, he joined the Russian Anti-War Committee.



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