Russian dissident Navalny appears lean after three weeks of hunger strike

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — After a three-week hunger strike that was announced to be halted last week, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny appeared gaunt and skinny in a video filmed in prison during a court hearing on a separate case. Navalny continues to dismiss the charges against him. His anti-corruption organization is under many pressures, and the judiciary is looking into whether it is “extremist”. On Thursday, the court said it would hold a hearing on May 17.

Imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny appeared on Thursday in a thin and emaciated body after a three-week hunger strike, while his defense team said he faces new criminal charges. His appearance in a video filmed in prison during a separate case session, in which it appeared that he had lost a lot of weight.

“I ask that the signatories (of the petitions against him) and the prosecutors appear before a criminal court,” said Navalny, who has dismissed the charges against him for defaming a veteran of World War II.

After mounting pressure over a period of weeks, his allies announced that they would dissolve his network of propaganda offices in various parts of Russia, while a court examines whether these offices and his anti-corruption foundation will be declared “extremist” entities.

If this happens, the authorities will be legally entitled to issue prison sentences to the organization’s activists and the network of advertising offices and to freeze their bank accounts. On Thursday, the court said it will hold its next session on May 17.

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