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Moscow protest leader Navalny could face large fine or compulsory labor after calling elderly WWII veteran a ‘traitor'

Added 08-10-20 08:37:02am EST - “Moscow prosecutors have approved an indictment against anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny. He is accused of slandering a WWII veteran who spoke in favor of constitutional amendments, which were then passed in a public vote.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Moscow protest leader Navalny could face large fine or compulsory labor after calling elderly WWII veteran a ‘traitor’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The former Moscow mayoral candidate, today a leader in the city’s protest movement, called 94-year-old Ignat Artemenko a “traitor” for supporting the amendments to the constitution. These comments "inflicted moral harm” on the former soldier, according to Lyudmila Nefedova, spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office in Moscow.

On June 2, Navalny reposted a video that showed a number of Russians encouraging a vote in favor of the package of constitutional amendments, which were proposed by President Vladimir Putin. The group, which included astronaut Oleg Kononenko, cheesemaker Oleg Sirota, and designer Artemy Lebedev, was deemed by Navalny to be the “shame” of Russia.

“Oh, here they are, darlings. You have to admit that this team of corrupt lackeys looks rather weak. Look at them: the shame of the country. People without a conscience. Traitors,” he wrote.

О, вот они, голубчики. Надо признать, что пока команда продажных холуев выглядит слабовато. Посмотрите на них: это позор страны. Люди без совести. Предатели. pic.twitter.com/CDOf9IUA4Y

According to Ignat’s grandson, Igor Kolesnikov, the elderly war hero felt unwell following Navalny’s comments and had to call an ambulance. He was subsequently diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

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