Alexei Navalny, a Kremlin critic who was jailed, says that he has been indicted in a new criminal case. He faces “up to fifteen years more” on top his current sentence if convicted.
After being found guilty of large scale fraud as well as contempt of court, Mr Navalny was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
Antony Blinken (US secretary of state) previously dismissed the charges as questionable.
On Tuesday, Mr Navalny (45) posted about the new allegations via Twitter, stating that he was charged with inciting hatred towards the authorities and creating an extremist organization.
He said, “It turns out I created an extreme group in order to incite hate towards officials and oligarchs.”
“And when they put my in prison, I dare to be disgruntled (silly me), and called for rallies.
“For that, they’re supposed add up to 15 years to my sentence.”
Authorities did not immediately confirm the new charges.
Voiced critic of the Putin regime
Since his birth near Moscow in the Soviet Union, Mr Navalny has been Mr Putin’s most vocal critic.
After declaring them “extremist”, a Russian court banned groups that were linked to Mr Navalny in June.
The Kremlin has intensified its decades-long campaign against Russia’s domestic opposition, following the invasion of Ukraine.
During a court appearance, Mr Navalny spoke out against the war and attacked Mr Putin. He called the invasion “stupid and built on lies”.
While in jail, he urged fellow citizens to stage daily protests .
Arrest or imprisonment
After returning from Germany, where he had spent some time recovering from nerve agent poisoning, he was arrested in Russia on January 20, 2021.
Russian opposition leader, who had fallen ill while flying to Moscow, was later discovered to have been poisoned by novichock during an election trip to Siberia.
The Kremlin is being blamed for the poisoning, Mr Navalny said. Russian authorities deny any involvement.
In March, he was sentenced to nine-years in prison.
He wrote on Twitter after the sentencing that he was afraid of the truth and said so.
Since then, concerns have been raised about Mr. Navalny’s health behind bars. There are reports that prison authorities refused to give him the correct medication and did not allow his doctor to visit him behind bars.