Russian opposition leader and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, appeared in court on Thursday looking thin after recently ending his hunger strike that lasted around 24 days.
Navalny was sentenced to prison after returning to Moscow from Germany where he was undergoing treatment for poisoning from a nerve agent that he blames on the Kremlin. The Kremlin has denied any responsibility for his poisoning, but United States intelligence officials have “concluded with high confidence that Navalny was poisoned last year with a banned nerve agent called Novichok by the Russian security services,” according to Politico.
The Thursday court hearing was for the politician’s appeal of a conviction in February on charges of defaming a Russian World War II veteran, according to CBS News. He was convicted by a court in Moscow for slander shortly after the same court upheld his prison sentencing based on different parole violation charges.
Navlany had a shaved head and looked to be underweight on Thursday. He