20:38 GMT28 February 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom on Wednesday responded to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's criticism of a Moscow court's ruling against the opposition figure Alexey Navalny, drawing parallels between London's treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

    On Tuesday, the Simonovsky Court canceled Navalny's suspended sentence in the 2014 Yves Rocher fraud case over multiple probation breaches and replaced it with 3.5 years in jail. If his defense loses appeal, he will spend 2 years and 8 months in custody, as the time spent under house arrest will be counted as time served. In the wake of the ruling, Raab described the ruling as "perverse" and demanded an immediate and unconditional release of Navalny.

    ​Assange was arrested in London in April 2019 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping his bail back in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK capital to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault charges and possible extradition to the United States.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Dominic Raab, Alexei Navalny, Russia, UK
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