Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent figure in the Russian opposition, was given 15 days in jail for allegedly attempting to evade police.
According to a report by Fox News, Mrs. Kara-Murza believes this report is an excuse used to incarcerate her husband due to his work against the Russian government.
Official court reports say that Kara-Murza sped up and changed directions when he saw police coming for him on Monday, allegedly that the opposition propagator was attempting to evade police.
His wife Evgenia Kara-Murza, however, tells a different story. According to Evgenia, the police were lying in wait for her husband when he came home and surrounded his car before ordering him out.
“There is nothing to the charge itself. It has nothing to do with reality,” Evgenia says.
“I’m absolutely sure that my husband is being persecuted for his political activity, for his opposition activity, for advocating for personal sanctions against the murderers and thieves in the Putin regime, for calling their bloody war a war.”
The reason for this specific accusation, according to Mrs. Kara-Murza, is a particularly devious one. Due to the way in which he was charged, Kara-Murza was able to be jailed immediately, which effectively silenced him.
“Under this article (disobeying police) a person can get a jail sentence straight away, unlike the new law on dissemination of fake news,” she explained.
There “you get fined first. You can be sent to prison for fifteen years. That is true. But it has to be the second or the third offense.”
Kara-Murza was close with another opposition figure, Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on a bridge behind the Kremlin in 2015, and has consistently pushed for a resolution to the unsolved case.
The opposition leader also works with former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was sent to prison for years and now funds and fronts opposition work from his place of exile.
The Russian opposition advocate has been the subject of two attempted poisonings but continues to fly back to Moscow because he says he needs to be with his people. His wife and three children reside stateside, near Washington.