Friday, December 8, 2023

Alexey Naveli’s friend is getting extraordinary punishment in Russia


Yevgeny Rozman will be sentenced on Friday.

In Russia, prosecutors are seeking a fine for the former mayor of Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Rozman, for insulting the Russian military. He was indicted last summer for a video uploaded to YouTube in which he criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Roizman has denied the allegations.

If Roizman, 60, escapes the fine, the sentence could be considered lenient, as people have been sentenced to years in prison for similar charges in Russia. Prosecutors justified the request for a lighter sentence for, among other things, the lesser seriousness of the crime and mitigating factors such as Rosemary having young children and participating in charity work.

Roseman will be sentenced on Friday.

Roizman became Russia’s most high-profile opposition mayor ten years ago when he was chosen to lead Yekaterinburg. He worked in this post for five years.

Roizman remains a friend of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny, a popular figure in Yekaterinburg. He is one of the few prominent opposition figures who remained in Russia and escaped imprisonment.

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