Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny appeared in court Thursday with a shaved head and looking gaunt after his recent hunger strike — while still defiant as he ripped Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “naked, thieving king.”
“I want to tell the dear court that your king is naked,” Navalny said of Putin as he appeared in a Moscow court via video link from prison, where he is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for parole violations.
“Your naked, thieving king wants to continue to rule until the end … Another 10 years will come, a stolen decade will come,” he said of Putin, whom he has accused of ordering the poisoning he survived last August.
Thursday’s hearing — a failed attempt to overturn an $11,500 fine previously given for defaming a World War II veteran — was the first time Navalny has been seen since losing almost 50 pounds during a 24-day hunger strike that ended last week.
Alexei Navalny is seen on TV