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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared in a courtroom via video link on Thursday, his first appearance since he ended a 24-day hunger strike this week on the advice of doctors who feared for his life.

Navalny was attending an appeal hearing over a February conviction for defaming a World War II veteran. The Moscow court rejected the appeal and imposed a fine of 850,000 rubles (nearly $11,500) on the critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“I have lost weight. I weigh 72 kilograms. I weighed this much in seventh grade,” the 44-year-old who went on a hunger strike for more than three weeks to demand proper medical care told the court. EFE