Russian court rejects Kremlin critic Navalny's appeal against jail term

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term, in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Saturday lost his appeal against what he said was a politically motivated decision to jail him for nearly three years.

A Moscow court did however shorten his original jail term by six weeks. The original term was 3.5 years but, with the amount of time he has already spent under house arrest taken into account, amounted to around two years and eight months.

Navalny was jailed on Feb. 2 for allegedly violating parole, charges he has dismissed as politically motivated.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Heinrich