Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 30 days over protest

Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 30 days over protest

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2018

Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jail by a Moscow court on Tuesday for his role in organising nation-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin. The protests initiated by opposition leader Navalny, who was detained nearly immediately after the appearance at the rally, but later released until the hearing.

"The court has ruled to recognize Navalny guilty in committing an administrative offense under part 8, Article 20.2 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offense and award a punishment of 30 days of administrative arrest", the judge said.

The court heard testimony from one of the police officers who detained Navalny who said the group of 15 police had been authorised to use physical force.

The court then launched into a second trial on a separate charge - refusing to comply with a police order - which carries a maximum sentence of 15 days.

Navalny organized a series of protests on May 5 in Moscow and other Russian cities before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a new term.

Navalny had previously been detained in January after joining a rally calling for a boycott of the presidential election. He could face up to 15 days in jail for that administrative violation.

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

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