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Defense to appeal for Kara-Murza’s release based on health condition

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Moscow, April 17 – His lawyer, Maria Esmont, told the News Agency that the defense of Vladimir Kara-Murza, convicted of treason and publishing falsehoods about the Russian army, will seek his release on health grounds.
Today, the Moscow City Court sentenced Kara-Murza * to 25 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony.
“We are concerned about his health, he survived two poisonings in 2015 and 2017, after which he recovered for a long time. Now his symptoms associated with limb numbness have worsened. He was diagnosed with neuropathy, according to the law, a person with this diagnosis cannot be detained .. Our priority is to seek his release.”
In addition, according to the lawyer, the court did not take into account that Kara-Murza * had three children, and this is a mitigating circumstance.
According to the investigation, Kara-Murza * in the House of Representatives of the US state of Arizona, “out of political hatred,” declared “intentionally false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for bombing residential areas, maternity hospitals, hospitals and schools” in Ukraine.

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Later, a second criminal case was initiated against him – about work in a “foreign or international non-governmental organization, in connection with which a decision was made to recognize it as undesirable.”
The third and most serious charge is the charge provided for in Article 275 “Treason” of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the penalty for which is up to 20 years in prison. He has been commissioned for three episodes: Speeches at the NATO Council, at the Helsinki Commission in Oslo and in the United States.
All three cases were combined into one procedure, and the investigation was conducted by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. As the lawyer of Kara-Murza * Vadim Prokhorov told the News Agency, this is the first time that the Investigative Committee of the RF investigates a case of treason – everything else is being done by the FSB.
* Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. * A member of the opposition movement in Russia, a regular guest at various “democratic forums” in Europe and the United States, the son of the famous journalist and dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza (1959-2019).
* An individual acting as a foreign agent in Russia.

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