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Russia: Putin dismisses Navalny allegations he owns lavish Black Sea palace03:46

Russia: Putin dismisses Navalny allegations he owns lavish Black Sea palace

Russian Federation, Zavidovo
January 25, 2021 at 14:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied his ownership of an opulent palace featured in a video by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaking on Monday in Zavidovo, Tver region.

“Nothing of what is listed there as my property belongs or has ever belonged to me or my close relatives,” Putin said during an online conference with students of Russian universities.

The Russian leader added that the rumors of the palace he allegedly owns were “stirred up for more than 10 years” and were used to “brainwash” citizens.

Putin also addressed the unauthorised protests demanding Navalny’s release which took place across Russia on Saturday.

“Everyone has the right to express their views within limits provision in the law. Anything that goes beyond the law is not only counterproductive but dangerous,” he said.

Navalny was detained on January 17 upon his return to Russia from Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

After Navalny's arrest, his associates called on supporters to join demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday.

On January 18, Navalny was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held inside the police station was “a mockery.”

His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on February 2.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin denied his ownership of an opulent palace featured in a video by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaking on Monday in Zavidovo, Tver region.

“Nothing of what is listed there as my property belongs or has ever belonged to me or my close relatives,” Putin said during an online conference with students of Russian universities.

The Russian leader added that the rumors of the palace he allegedly owns were “stirred up for more than 10 years” and were used to “brainwash” citizens.

Putin also addressed the unauthorised protests demanding Navalny’s release which took place across Russia on Saturday.

“Everyone has the right to express their views within limits provision in the law. Anything that goes beyond the law is not only counterproductive but dangerous,” he said.

Navalny was detained on January 17 upon his return to Russia from Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

After Navalny's arrest, his associates called on supporters to join demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday.

On January 18, Navalny was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held inside the police station was “a mockery.”

His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on February 2.