Russian system critic Alexei Navalny believes that the case against him is intended to damage his reputation.
Russian prosecutors believe the court should impose a fine on system critic Alexei Navalny for defaming a World War II war veteran.
The defamation should cost Navalny a fine of almost 80,000 kroner, they believe.
Navalny, who was jailed earlier this month in another case, denies there are teams in the case. He believes it is politically motivated. The charges against him in this case are intended to damage his reputation, Navalny believes.
In the case, Navalny is accused of defaming a war veteran who participated in a political video last year.
The video backs up the constitutional amendments that allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office for an additional two terms after 2024, if he so wishes.
Navalny has described the people involved in the video as traitors and corrupt lackeys.
War veterans enjoy great recognition in Russia. And criticism of the veterans is considered socially unacceptable and insulting.
Before the court hearing on Tuesday, it was unclear whether the state prosecutors would go after a jail sentence or a fine to Navalny.
Navalny attended the trial, where he sat in a glass cage for defendants. His lawyer maintained that the charges against him had been invented.
The next hearing in the case will take place on Saturday.
Navalny was sentenced earlier this month to a suspended sentence of three and a half years in prison.
He was sentenced after returning to Russia.
It was the first time he had returned to his home country after being subjected to a nerve agent attack in Russia in August.
After the attack, Navalny was flown to Germany, where he received treatment.
Following his imprisonment, there have been a number of major protests in Russia.
The United States, Britain, Germany and the EU have called on Russia to release Navalny immediately.
/ ritzau / Reuters
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