The Russian court ruled that the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny must remain in custody

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“This is an obvious lawlessness to intimidate myself and other people,” Alexei Navalny told the court

Moscow:

A Russian court on Thursday upheld the decision to detain opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days after he returned to Moscow this month after being poisoned almost fatally.

Moscow District Court Judge Musa Musayev said an earlier decision by the Khimki City Court “should remain unchanged,” an AFP journalist reported.

During the hearing, Navalny slammed what he called the “lawlessness” of the trial during the hearing.

“This is an obvious lawlessness in order to intimidate me and other people,” Navalny told the court via video link.

Police arrested President Vladimir Putin’s main critic at a Moscow airport after he returned to Russia from Germany on January 17.

He had recovered from an almost fatal poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in an attack he had accused the Russian security services and Putin.

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The 44-year-old anti-graft activist is accused of violating his 2014 suspended sentence for fraud by failing to appear twice a month on Russian prison service for checks.

A provisional court at a police station last week ordered Navalny to be held until February 15.

He was then transferred to the Matrosskaya Tishina maximum security prison in Moscow.

Thursday’s decision came after Navalny’s team called for new demonstrations against Putin’s 20-year rule on Sunday.

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