A Russian court docket on Tuesday sentenced main political dissident Alexei Navalny to three 1/2 years in a federal penal colony, setting Russian President Vladimir Putin on a collision course with a rising protest motion livid along with his tightening grip on energy and his crackdown on dissent. The court docket dominated Tuesday night time native time that Navalny will stay imprisoned for not less than two years and eight months after crediting him with 10 months he had already served underneath home arrest as the results of a previous trial. Navalny was charged with embezzlement and lacking check-ins with Russia's jail service whereas he was in Germany recovering from a poisoning assault with military-grade nerve agent that he and his supporters attribute on to Putin's orders. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations. Navalny had been in a medically induced coma for weeks following the assault in August. World leaders shortly denounced Tuesday's ruling. Secretary of State Antony Blinken known as for Navalny's launch, saying in a press release that the trial served as an try by the Kremlin "to violate Mr. Navalny's rights and suppress political pluralism." U.Okay. Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab known as it "perverse" and likewise demanded Navalny's launch. A large presence of federal safety officers surrounded the Moscow courthouse amid a swell of protesters, constructing on weeks of unrest throughout the nation in assist of Navalny since he voluntarily returned to Russia this month. Hundreds of individuals have been arrested by safety providers in Moscow and elsewhere in acts of civil disobedience that differed sharply from prior protests centered on authorities reforms. The newest ire takes goal squarely on the rule of Putin himself, and numerous police in riot gear assembled exterior the Kremlin shortly after Navalny's verdict was delivered.In a press release he learn aloud within the courtroom, Navalny additionally targeted on Putin and his facilities of management, questioning the veracity of the most recent authorized proceedings. "The reason is one man's hatred and worry — one man hiding in a bunker," Navalny mentioned, in keeping with a replica of his remarks obtained and translated by Latvia-based Russian information service Meduza. "I mortally offended him by surviving. I survived due to good individuals, due to pilots and docs. After which I dedicated an much more severe offense: I didn't run and conceal."Then one thing really terrifying occurred: I participated within the investigation of my very own poisoning, and we proved, actually, that Putin, utilizing Russia's Federal Safety Service, was chargeable for this tried homicide. And that's driving this thieving little man in his bunker out of his thoughts. He's merely going insane because of this," Navalny mentioned. Navalny infuriated the Kremlin with a report his group launched as he returned to Russia documenting an enormous $1.4 billion complicated on the Black Beach that it says Putin commissioned. The Kremlin says it is aware of who owns the property, replete with lounges, swimming pools and a on line casino all beneath a government-sanctioned no-fly zone, nevertheless it refuses to supply additional particulars.In his remarks Tuesday within the courtroom – the place information cameras weren’t allowed – Navalny returned to the theme of Putin and his oligarchs hoarding Russia's riches whereas the remainder of the nation struggles to feed itself. "The one factor rising in [Russia] is the variety of billionaires. The whole lot else is declining. I'm locked up in a jail cell and all I hear about on TV is that butter is getting costlier. The worth of eggs is rising. You've disadvantaged these individuals of a future," he mentioned. "I need to say that there are numerous good issues in Russia now. The perfect are the individuals who aren't afraid – individuals who don't look the opposite approach, who won’t ever hand our nation over to a bunch of corrupt officers who need to commerce it for palaces, vineyards and aqua-discos," Navalny mentioned, referencing the lavish trappings of the gilded mansion he attributes to Putin. "I demand my fast launch and the discharge of all political prisoners. I don’t acknowledge your efficiency right here – it's a deception and fully unlawful."Navalny's authorized group mentioned it might problem the court docket ruling, The Moscow Instances reported. The Kremlin didn’t instantly touch upon Navalny's verdict, although it acknowledged the doubtless devastating fallout in a press release earlier Tuesday. Putin spokesman Dimitry Peskov informed reporters he hopes that European powers won’t "do one thing silly" like "linking the prospects of Russian-EU relations with the case of this prisoner." Chief of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is planning a visit to Russia within the coming days.