Russian Opposition Leader Faces Another Trial for Alleged Slander

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 44, returns in Moscow court on Friday for alleged defaming a World War II veteran after he was after he was already sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in a separate case. 

Navalny was alleged to have slandered participants in a video promoting reforms to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in office for longer.

Kremlin critic, Navalny could face fines, compulsory labor or prison if convicted in the latest case against him.

However, Navalny denied the charges and accused the state of orchestrating the case to damage his image among the Russian public.

He was sentenced earlier this month to two years and eight months in a penal colony for alleged probation violations, but his lawyers have said he does not face additional jail time on the libel charge.

Navalny was arrested on January 17 and had unconscious because of poisoning when he left the Russia for Germany.

It was alleged that the time Navalny spent in Germany violated a suspended sentence he received for a money-laundering and fraud conviction.


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