Defiant Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza likens his case to Stalin’s show trials

Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, who faces up to a quarter of a century in jail on treason charges, has told a Moscow court that he stood by all of his political statements and said his prosecution resembled one of Joseph Stalin’s show trials.

Kara-Murza, 41, who holds Russian and British passports, has denied several charges including treason and spreading false information about the Russian army. Prosecutors have requested a 25-year prison sentence.

His trial, which will culminate in a verdict on 17 April, is being held behind closed doors, but a copy of his final speech to the court on Monday was made available by his wife and lawyer….

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