Moscow — imprisoned Russian opposition leaderHe appeared in court on Thursday for the first time in a few months and he looked badly worn. President Vladimirputin’s fierce critics who attended a hearing in a Moscow court via a video link from a prison tens of miles from the capital appeared to have lost weight after a recent hunger strike. Last week, a 44-year-old politician ended a three-week hunger strike after being finally examined by a non-prison doctor weeks after demanding independent treatment for many complaints. The hearing on Thursday was about Navalny’s appeal against February’s conviction for defamation for insulting Russian World War II veterans.
“I’m just a terrifying skeleton,” shaved Navalny, who appeared to be upset on the screen, told the court where his wife Yuria was sitting on Thursday. He said his weight had dropped to about 159 pounds and he said he hadn’t been that light since he was in seventh grade.
Navalny said he requested carrots and apples from prison to help he recover from a hunger strike, but received nothing. Kremlin critics were sentenced to two and a half years in prison earlier this year for violating the terms of a suspended sentence. He was arrested in January shortly after returning from Berlin to Moscow and spent five months recovering from severe poisoning by the Soviet nerve agent Novichok.
His arrest triggered a series of mass protests nationwide earlier this year, with thousands returning to the streets last week to support opposition leaders.Russian authorities denied, And the United States and its allies have shown that the government, even Putin himself, was behind the addiction attack on the president’s major domestic enemies. “My beloved court, I want to say your king is naked. Millions of people are already screaming about it because it’s so obvious,” Navalny mentioned Putin on Thursday. Said in his remarks to the court. The court dismissed the appeal against the defamation conviction.
Navalny’s organization closed
Meanwhile, Navalny’s national political anti-corruption network broke up prior to a court ruling declaring it a “extremist” organization, politician senior ally Leonid Volkov announced Thursday.
The ruling is expected to put all members and supporters of the organization at risk of imprisonment for up to six years.
Another Russian court earlier this week Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation Banned (FBK) and his network of regional campaign offices cannot be posted online. Organizations are also prohibited from accessing their bank accounts. Navalny’s ally Vladimir Ashulkov, a former director of the Foundation in exile outside Russia, told CBS News earlier this week that he believed the Kremlin had taken such a dramatic step. Opponent of Vladimir Putin. Navalny’s team also revealed on Thursday that Russian authorities had filed yet another criminal procedure against Navalny and two of his major allies. This time, it is said to have established a non-profit organization that “infringed the personality and rights of citizens.”
According to legal affairs document The case, quoted by a fellow opposition leader, took place in February. The charges can be sentenced to up to four years in prison.