Navalny: 'I'm a creepy skeleton', gaunt Kremlin critic appears in court after hunger strike.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has appeared in public for the first time since going on hunger strike

In a blurry video link during a hearing the 44-year-old told the court he looks like a "creepy skeleton" and described Russian President Vladimir Putin as the "naked king" as he appealed against his fine for slandering a Second World War veteran.

Navalny, who ended a more than three-week hunger strike last week, weighed in at 72 kilograms on Thursday, down from 94 kilograms when he flew back to Russia in January, one of his lawyers said.

Putin's most prominent domestic critic, is serving a 2-1/2-year jail sentence for parole violations on an earlier conviction that he says was politically motivated.

The Moscow court rejected Navalny appeal and upheld his conviction.

The EU has imposed sanctions on four Russian high-ranking officials over Navalny’s arbitrary arrest, prosecution, and sentencing under its Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime.

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