Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh enters the Savyolovsky district court prior to a hearing into her case in Moscow. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Monday, August 30, 2021
The spokesperson for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has left Russia and reportedly gone to Finland. On Monday, independent Russian media confirmed Kira Yarmysh left the country after facing criminal charges for allegedly violating Russia’s COVID-19 restrictions.
The rule Yarmysh broke, according to a Russian court, was her attendance at a rally for Navalny’s freedom earlier this year. She was later found guilty and sentenced to 18 months of “restricted freedom.”
“Of course I do not agree that I am guilty and I did not agree with that in the court,” she expressed. “The only thing I would change if I could go back in time seven months, I would have written more tweets urging people to come to the rallies.”
People gathered to protest against Vladimir Putin’s government at Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Yarmysh has be one of Russia’s several opposition figures who have left the country due to pressure by the Kremlin. She said her guilty verdict was the result of her political activism.
Yarmysh has since filed an appeal.