Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny gave a defiant address to a Moscow courtroom where he took aim at both President Vladimir Putin and the clampdown on protests across the country over the last two weekends. Navalny’s appearance at Moscow City Court on Tuesday came two days after protests in cities across Russia saw the detention of thousands of people who had taken to the streets calling for his release. The previous Saturday, demonstrations across 120 cities took place. The opposition leader had been arrested at a Moscow airport last month after arriving back from Berlin, where he had been treated for poisoning by the Novichok nerve agent in an attack he says was ordered by Putin. Prosecutors claim that Navalny broke the terms of a suspended sentence from 2014 in an embezzlement case he says was politically motivated. His arrest on January 17 was for alleged parole violations while he was in Germany. During his court appearance on Tuesday, Navalny mocked Putin, saying that however the president tries to present himself as a politician, he is simply a “poisoner.” “There was Alexander the Liberator and Yaroslav the Wise. Now we’ll have Vladimir the Underwear Poisoner,” Navalny said, referring to his… Read full this story
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