Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared before a court in Moscow on Friday, this time facing a slander trial. The 44-year-old prominent Kremlin critic was seen standing inside a glass case for defendants in the courtroom, an AFP journalist reported. The latest court case against Navalny comes the same day as the European Union’s top diplomat is holding talks with Russian officials in Moscow. Why is Navalny back in court? Navalny faces charges of slandering a World War II veteran and several other people who took part in a pro-Kremlin video last year. The video promoted constitutional amendments that passed last year, which allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to potentially remain in office until 2036. Navalny described the people in the video as “traitors” without a conscience and “the shame of the country.” Watch video 02:58 Share Navalny supporters in prison Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3ouEf Navalny supporters in prison after Russia protests The slander charge is currently punishable by up to two years in prison. He could also face a fine or community service. Navalny’s lawyer, however, argues that he cannot be served a custodial sentence because the alleged crime… Read full this story
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