Russia has declared Oleg, the brother of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, imprisoned, the Interior Ministry said.
Oleg Navalny, whose whereabouts are unknown, was under house arrest from January to April last year. He was sentenced to one year in prison for violating the rules put in place to fight the pandemic.
The charges were brought against him after he protested in Moscow against his brother’s arrest.
Russia’s Federal Prison Service plans to demand that Oleg Navalny be sentenced to a real prison sentence in Moscow on February 18, Oleg’s lawyer said.
Oleg Navalny, 38, was released from prison in 2018 after three and a half years in prison on charges of fraud and robbery of Yves Rocher.
Supporters of Alexei Navalny believe the case was fabricated to put pressure on and silence the opposition leader.
Alexei was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence in this case, which was converted into a real prison sentence last year. Namely, in February last year, Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence imposed on him in 2014 while trying to be poisoned in Germany with the chemical weapon “Novičok”.