Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny heads back to Russia from Germany, where he has been recovering from a nerve agent attack that almost killed him.
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The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell has threatened Moscow again with penalties over jailing its most prominent opponent. EU foreign ministers are expected to meet on Monday to discuss sanctions.
A Moscow court has ruled that the Kremlin critic defamed a Russian World War II veteran and ordered a fine of nearly €9,500. Earlier, the same court upheld Navalny's prison sentence for a parole violation.
The opposition politician was shot dead in Moscow in 2015 after he began investigating Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict the previous year. Every year, his supporters gather at the spot where he died.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could face more jail time over a defamation case for describing a World War II veteran as a traitor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
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