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Moscow court rejects opposition leader Navalny's appeal

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 20, 2021

MOSCOW -- A Moscow court has rejected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s appeal of his prison sentence and another judge later has ordered him to pay a fine for defaming a World War II veteran.

Navalny was sentenced this month to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

During a Saturday court hearing on his sentence, Navalny urged Russians on to stand up to the Kremlin in a fiery speech mixing references to the Bible and “Harry Potter.”

The Moscow court's ruling came even after a top European rights court ordered authorities to immediately free Navalny.