Russian opposition leader Navalny via video link at court

Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, sentenced to imprisonment, appeared in a trial by video connection himself. He was on hunger strike until about a week ago and had not appeared in previous court hearings. But the heavily skinned Navalny was back on Thursday.

It is a higher appeal case against a controversial conviction to a fine for insulting a war veteran. Currently, the Kremlincriticus is serving a prison sentence for embezzlement he allegedly committed in 2009, and the trial in that case is also controversial and was brought against him when, thanks to Internet politics, he became increasingly the forefront and gained influence.

Navalny was given a parole sentence at the time, but at the beginning of this year it was converted into a real prison sentence of 2.5 years in a prison camp because he allegedly violated the conditions for his release. His conviction has led to major demonstrations for his release.