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U.S. condemns Russia’s ‘sham trial’ of Navalny, says Kremlin trying to hide Ukraine war – Metro US

U.S. condemns Russia’s ‘sham trial’ of Navalny, says Kremlin trying to hide Ukraine war

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing
Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Pokrov

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday that it “strongly condemns” what it called Russia’s “orchestration of a sham trial” against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after a court found him guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt of court, a move likely to extend Navalny’s jail time by years.

Sate Department spokesperson Ned Price said the “disturbing” decision was another example of a widening crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression that he said Russia was carrying out to hide its war in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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