Author: Vicky Lytaki
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun
KREMLIN critic Alexei Navalny has been seen in public for the first time since going on hunger strike, telling a court: “I’m a creepy skeleton”.
Shaven-headed Navalny stopped eating a month ago when he was denied medical care after being jailed on probation breach charges he says were “trumped up”.
Gaunt Navalny, 44, who is being held in a penal colony near Moscow, was appealing against a fine over a charge of slandering a war veteran of 94.
Navalny, now 11st, said: “Yesterday I was taken to the bathhouse. There is a mirror. I looked and I am a creepy skeleton.”
The opposition leader, arrested after a near-fatal poisoning attack thought to have been sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, has agreed to start eating.
His appeal was rejected but before leaving court Navalny described president Putin as Russia’s “naked king” after his corruption was laid bare.
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Navalny has overtaken Vladimir Putin as Russia’s most talked-about politician for the first time, according to new analysis.
The Russian opposition leader was said to have been mentioned on social media 1.3 million times more than Putin after being detained at a Moscow airport on January 17, having recovered from a Novichok nerve agent attack.
Navalny was later sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a prison labour camp.