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Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

Navalny was detained at a rally in Moscow on May 5, one of dozens of demonstrations organized by supporters across Russian Federation to protest Putin's inauguration to a new six-year term two days later.

A Moscow district court issued the sentence on charges of recurrent organization of an unauthorized rally, Russia's Tass news agency reported.

Initial hearings in the case were postponed last week in order to field witness testimonies from police officers.

The Moscow City Court told Interfax that the terms of arrest Navalny was sentenced to do not add up.




The charismatic 41-year-old politician, who was barred from challenging Putin in March's presidential election, had called on Russians to stage rallies across the country on May 5 under the slogan "Not our Tsar".

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.

Navalny tweeted from the courtroom that he was sentenced simply for "getting out on the street of my city and saying: 'I'm not your slave, and I will never be".

The court is also expected rule in a second administrative case in which Navalny is accused of refusing to comply with police. This will run concurrently with the first sentence and he should not be in jail for any longer than 30 days.