| 23 September 2021, Thursday |

Russian Court restricts Navalny ally Sobol’s freedoms for 18 months

After finding her guilty of inciting individuals to infringe COVID-19 safety laws, a Russian court sentenced Lyubov Sobol, a close associate of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, to 1-1/2 years of parole-like limitations on Tuesday.

Sobol was prosecuted during an unofficial street protest in support of Navalny earlier this year, which she claims is politically motivated rubbish.

Sobol was ordered to remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 18 months, banned her from attending mass events and told she must check in with the police three times a month, her lawyer Vladimir Voronin wrote on Twitter.

Sobol had initially been placed under house arrest. Several close Navalny allies, including his brother, are being tried for the same offence.

Navalny himself is serving 2-1/2 years in jail for parole violations in an embezzlement case he says was trumped up. Navalny’s allies accuse the authorities of using the law to crush dissenting voices ahead of September parliamentary elections.