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MOSCOW — A prime Kremlin foe was convicted Monday on costs of treason and denigrating the Russian navy and sentenced him to 25 years in jail after a trial that marked the most recent transfer in a relentless crackdown on the opposition amid the preventing in Ukraine.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., a outstanding opposition activist who twice survived poisonings he blamed on the Kremlin, has been behind bars since his arrest a yr in the past. He has rejected the costs in opposition to him as political and likened the judicial proceedings in opposition to him to the present trials through the rule of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

In his closing assertion final week, Kara-Murza mentioned that he stays pleased with standing as much as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “dictatorship” and his determination to ship troops into Ukraine.

“I do know that the day will come when the darkness engulfing our nation will clear,” Kara-Murza mentioned in remarks final week that have been posted on social networks and Russian opposition media. “After which our society will open its eyes and shudder when it realizes what horrible crimes have been dedicated in its identify.”

The costs in opposition to Kara-Murza stem from his March 2022 speech to the Arizona Home of Representatives through which he denounced Russia’s navy motion in Ukraine. Investigators added the treason costs whereas he was in custody.

Russia adopted a regulation criminalizing spreading “false info” about its navy days after it despatched troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. Authorities have used the regulation to stifle criticism of what the Kremlin calls “a particular navy operation.”

Kara-Murza, a journalist, was an affiliate of Russian opposition chief Boris Nemtsov, who was killed close to the Kremlin in 2015. Kara-Murza survived poisonings in 2015 and 2017 that he blamed on the Kremlin. Russian officers have denied duty.

One other outstanding opposition determine, Ilya Yashin, was sentenced to 8½ years in jail late final yr on costs of discrediting the navy.