MOSCOW — A Russian court docket on Saturday rejected an attraction by the opposition chief Aleksei A. Navalny, clearing the best way for his attainable switch to the nation’s penal colony system.
The ruling was anticipated. Russian officers had signaled since earlier than Mr. Navalny returned from Germany, the place he was being handled for a near-lethal poisoning with a nerve agent final yr, that his homecoming would land him in a jail.
Underneath Russia’s felony justice system, transferring an inmate to the penal colonies is a prolonged means of journey on a specialised prisoner practice wagon. It could possibly start at any level after a court docket rejects the primary attraction of a sentencing, which occurred on Saturday.
The journey can take weeks, with stops at switch prisons, throughout which inmates are usually not allowed to contact attorneys or relations. Their vacation spot typically stays unknown till they arrive.
The ruling was the final attainable attraction earlier than his potential switch to a penal colony, however it stays unclear when Mr. Navalny would depart from Moscow. He may very well be held in a high-security jail within the capital to look in court docket for different pending authorized issues.
The ruling upheld Mr. Navalny’s sentence of greater than two years in jail and set Russia on a collision course with Western nations, which may impose further sanctions on Moscow. The European Court docket of Human Rights has demanded that Russia launch Mr. Navalny.
He’s Russia’s highest-profile prisoner for the reason that incarceration a decade in the past of the previous oil magnate Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, additionally in a politically hued case.
Over the previous month, Mr. Navalny’s allies have organized two countrywide protests in his assist that drew tens of 1000’s to the streets. The police arrested 1000’s.
The sentencing and poisoning, which Mr. Navalny and Western governments blamed on the Kremlin, had been seen as a pivot to a more durable line in President Vladimir V. Putin’s home insurance policies. Mr. Navalny had been jailed often earlier than, however just for transient stints within the capital. He has by no means served a sentence in a penal colony.
In his remaining argument, Mr. Navalny quoted from the Bible, saying that reality would triumph. He additionally advised his followers to not really feel abandoned.
“Our authorities is attempting to persuade folks that they’re on their lonesome,” Mr. Navalny stated.
Andrew E. Kramer contributed reporting.