Prominent Russian dissident Alexei Navalny appeared on screens via video link ahead of a hearing to hear an appeal against an earlier court decision that convicted him of slandering a World War II veteran.
The court announced shortly thereafter that the hearing would be postponed until May 17th, while the features of fatigue, stress and squinting appeared on Navalny as a result of the hunger strike and ill-treatment, the defence team had confirmed earlier.
Alexei Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a Moscow court in February for embezzlement in a previously suspended embezzlement case, as well as defamation of a veteran.
The strongest opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to end the hunger strike a few days ago
Navalny thanked his supporters inside and outside Russia on his Instagram account for the time, adding that their support allowed him to “make tremendous progress.”
He confirmed that he had recently been examined by two teams of civilian doctors and that he had been able to see the results of the tests.
Navalny said his gradual retreat from the hunger strike would last 24 days, a period similar to the same period of strike, noting that he still insisted that a civilian doctor should be allowed to visit him in prison.
Navalny announced a hunger strike on March 31st after civilian doctors were prevented from visiting him, while his lawyers confirmed his health had deteriorated.