According to media reports, Navalny faces up to 15 years in prison.
The European Union published an appeal to the Russian authorities on behalf of Joseph Borrell, head of the EU External Action Service, calling for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Alexei Navalny and former head of Navalny’s Ufa headquarters Lilia Chanysheva.
The EU also repeated its call for an investigation into the Novichok poisoning.
Exactly one year ago, Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow from Germany, where he spent several months undergoing rehabilitation after being poisoned with the chemical agent Novichok. Immediately after his arrival, Navalny was arrested and then sent to a penal colony following a court ruling in a criminal case that the European Court of Human Rights ruled wrongful.