A Russian court gave Oleg Navalny, the brother of Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny a one-year suspended sentence on Friday for inciting people to break Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, his lawyer Nikos Paraskevov said on Twitter.
Oleg Navalny was detained in January as part of a broad crackdown on his brother’s allies.
He was initially put under house arrest for flouting COVID-19 restrictions before the terms of his detention were eased.
Several allies of Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic in Russia, have faced similar charges.
Navalny ally Lyubov Sobol was sentenced this week to 1-1/2 years of parole-like restrictions after a court found her guilty of the same offense.
She was ordered to remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for 18 months and banned from attending mass events. She was told she must check in with the police three times a month, her lawyer Vladimir Voronin wrote on Twitter.
Sobol had initially been placed under house arrest.
Several close Navalny allies, including his brother, are being tried for the same offense.