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Russian opposition activist Andrei Pivovarov jailed for collaborating with a pro-democracy group

  • A Russian opposition activist was sentenced to four years in prison for collaborating with a banned pro-democracy group.
  • Andrei Pivovarov is the former CEO of Open Russia.
  • Pivovarov campaigned against constitutional amendments, which Putin adopted in 2020, allowing the leader to remain in power until 2036.

Russian opposition activist Andrei Pivovarov was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison by a court in southern Russia for collaborating with a banned pro-democracy group, his supporters said.

Pivovarov, 40, is the former CEO of Open Russia, a now disbanded pro-democracy group established by exile magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

He is the latest critic of President Vladimir Putin, who is to be sent to prison, where Moscow is trying to remove all last traces of disagreement amid its offensive in Ukraine.

“Andrei Pivovarov was sentenced to four years in a penal colony with a standard regime,” his aides wrote on Facebook.

Pivovarov spearheaded a campaign against Putin’s controversial amendments to the Constitution, adopted in 2020, which would allow him to remain in power until 2036.

Pivovarov’s arrest in May 2021 shocked many Allies when he was torn apart by a plane en route to Warsaw in St. Petersburg, when it was already on the runway.

The activist was then taken to Russia’s southern city of Krasnodar, where he was accused of collaborating with an “unwanted” organization.

Under Russian law, anyone who cooperates with such an organization can risk up to six years in prison and large fines.

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Supporters said his arrest was designed to prevent him from running in last year’s parliamentary elections.

But Pivovarov still ran from prison.

The campaign was managed by mail through his lawyers and volunteers.

Almost all of Putin’s opponents are now either in exile or in prison.

This week, one of Russia’s last prominent opposition figures, Ilya Yashin, was remanded in custody for two months to condemn Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who returned from Germany after surviving a poison attack in 2020, is serving nine years in prison outside Moscow.

Russian opposition activist Andrei Pivovarov jailed for collaborating with a pro-democracy group

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