Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 30 days over protest

Alexei Navalny

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.

"The court ruled to find Navalny guilty of disobeying a legitimate order or demand of a police officer and sentence him to administrative arrest for 15 days", Judge Dmitry Gordeyev said, reading a ruling. "Therefore, the term on both rulings begins on the same day, today", it said.

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The anti-corruption campaigner, who has become Putin's most visible political foe, already has served several weeks-long jail terms for organizing other protests.

But 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists, including Navalny, 41, were detained for their actions.

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Putin, 65, won re-election overwhelmingly in March, extending his grip over Russian Federation for six more years - a tenure of 24 years that would make him Moscow's longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Later in the day, the court is expected to consider another administrative case against Navalny on charges of disobedience to police.

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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 charge carries a punishment of up to 15 days in custody.

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