Monday, April 17, 2023 –Russian Opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been sentenced to 25 years in jail.
This severe sentencing is related to treason and other charges over his continued criticism of the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.
The Russian-British former journalist and politician is the latest of a number of Putin opponents to have been arrested or forced into exile for going against the wishes of the President.
Last week, while denying the charges, he told a Moscow court that he was not remorseful of what he had said or written on the war in Ukraine.
“I subscribe to every word that I have said.
“Not only do I not repent any of this, I am proud of it,” he added.
As well as criticising the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, Mr Kara-Murza has also spoken openly against President Vladimir Putin and his government’s crackdown on anyone in dissent.
The 41-year-old played a key role in persuading Western governments to sanction Russian officials for human rights abuses and corruption.
His 25-year sentence was the top number sought by prosecutors and is the longest sentence an opposition figure has received so far.