See you: 5 politicians who continued their careers after prison

The conviction of Alexei Navalny was unpleasant, but the expected end of a long trial in the Kirovles case. At the same time, no one believed that the young politician would receive a real term. Now that the darkest predictions of Navalny’s fate have come true, his supporters are concerned with three questions: will the sentence be softened after the appeal, what kind of support can be given to Alexey’s family and can he return to politics after the criminal prosecution stops? The last point seems to be quite probable: history knows cases when politicians successfully continued their careers after prison. Woman’s Day recalled the brightest of them.

Alexey Navalny: history

Alexei Navalny during a rally at the Swamp
Alexei Navalny during a rally at the Swamp
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In May 2011, Navalny, then an already successful opposition politician, was prosecuted under Article 165 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Causing property damage through fraud or abuse of trust in the absence of signs of embezzlement”).The press service of the Interior Ministry told the media its version of what happened: allegedly Navalny deceitfully forced Vyacheslav Opalev, Director of the State Unitary Enterprise "Kirovles", to conclude an unfavorable contract. The amount of damage done to Kirovles was estimated at 1.3 million rubles.

In April 2012, the case was closed for lack of corpus delicti, but on the instructions of the leadership of the Investigative Committee of Russia, the investigation was soon resumed. Formal charges against Navalny were filed on July 31, 2012.

On April 17, 2013, a trial began in the Kirovles case, which ended only on July 18. Judge Blinov sentenced Alexei Navalny to five years in prison in a general regime colony and a fine of 500 thousand rubles.

Alexey Navalny: Perspective

Supporters of Alexey sharply criticized the verdict. The Western press and a number of politicians supported them in their opinion about the political background of the Kirovles case. After the court found Navalny guilty of an economic crime, he was automatically deprived of the right to be elected to public office, which means that he “died” for the Russian political process.

SkepticsThose who consider the conviction of Navalny a verdict of his political career, refer not only to the current Russian legislation, but also to the experience of another Russian political prisoner of zero - Mikhail Khodorkovsky. After a few years of life in the colony, Khodorkovsky openly admitted that he did not plan to return to politics.

Navalny declares his willingness to fight to the end, but until the beginning of the serving of punishment (that no one will be able to soften the sentence in principle, almost no one doubts) his words seem like bravado to many. Those who do not believe in the revival of politicians after prison, it would be useful to recall the experience of famous political prisoners.



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