Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny in Court Hearing: 'Your King Is Naked'

Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny in Court Hearing: 'Your King Is Naked'


Russian dissident Alexei Navalny appeared by video in a Moscow court on Thursday to appeal a libel case against him.

Navalny was difficult to recognize, shaven-headed and skeletal after losing 50 pounds in a hunger strike, but he gave a fiery speech to the court in an unsuccessful effort to get the charges dismissed.

Shortly after he returned to Moscow from Germany and was arrested on dubious parole violation charges, Navalny was fined roughly $11,500 for allegedly “defaming” a 95-year-old World War II veteran named Igor Artemenko who appeared in a state television commercial last June, promoting a package of constitutional amendments that allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to effectively remain in office until 2036, at which point he would be 84 years old and would have ruled Russia for 34 years of his life.

Navalny used Twitter to call the people who appeared in the TV

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