Navalny Gets 30 Days In Jail For Anti-Putin Protests

Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny

A court in Moscow has sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail for staging an unsanctioned protest in the capital.

Navalny, who has been detained and jailed several times for organising similar protests, was barred from running in Russia's presidential election in March.


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks before hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia.

Moscow's Tverskoy District Court convicted Navalny on charges of organizing an unauthorized rally and ordered him jailed for 30 days.

The police officer said Navalny ignored megaphone warnings that the protest was illegal. "Therefore, the term on both rulings begins on the same day, today", it said. Organized under the slogan "He is not our Tsar!" the anti-Vladimir Putin protests resulted in hundreds of arrests around the country.

Russian Federation has paid 900 million rubles ($14.5 million) in compensation for ECHR rulings in 2017, Russia's human rights ombudswoman estimated this week, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

"30 days of arrest for the right to go out on the street of your city and tell the authorities: "I am not your slave and will never be one".

The court is also expected rule in a second administrative case in which Navalny is accused of refusing to comply with police.

The vocal Putin foe was released hours later but was ordered not to leave Moscow while the cases against him were pending.

"I hope this decision helps an enormous number of people who were subjected to this dumb, pointless, corrupt ban", Navalny wrote in a blog post reacting to the decision.

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