Navalny network disbands as Kremlin critic appears in court

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    Navalny network disbands as Kremlin critic appears in court

    Alexei Navalny’s political network said on Thursday it is disbanding, as the jailed Kremlin critic appeared in court, gaunt and shaven headed, for the first time since ending his hunger strike.

    During the hearing, which is part of an appeal by Navalny against a defamation sentence imposed in February for insulting a World War II veteran, the opposition figure said he had lost more weight but had started eating again.

    “I was taken to a bathhouse yesterday… there was a mirror there, I looked at myself — I am just a horrible skeleton,” Navalny told the court, according to an audio recording released by the independent Dozhd television channel.

    “I haven’t weighed this much since seventh grade,” he added, telling his wife Yulia who was in court that he is now allowed a couple spoonfuls of porridge a day.

    Another court held a hearing Thursday into a request from prosecutors that Navalny’s regional network and his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) both be recognised as extremist, equating the organisations with the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda.

    If the request is met, their activities would be banned, putting members and supporters at risk of lengthy jail time. The hearings are set to resume on May 17. The head of the regional network, however, said Thursday it had already been decided to shutter it.

    Published at Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:15:45 +0000

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