Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, is seen inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Russia February 16, 2021, in this still image taken from video. Press Service of Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has lost an appeal against what he has described as a politically motivated decision to jail him for nearly three years.

The Russian opposition leader, an anti-corruption campaigner and President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, was sentenced earlier in February for allegedly violating parole charges.

On Saturday morning, the court in Moscow rejected his appeal. However, his original jail term has been shortened by six weeks.

The original sentence was 3.5 years but, with the amount of time he has already spent under house arrest, amounted to around two years and eight months.

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