Russian court sends Kremlin critic Navalny to jail for 20 days

ASSOCIATED PRESS
MOSCOW
Published 02.10.2017 20:52
Updated 03.10.2017 11:00
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) arrives to attend an administrative hearing at he Simonovsky district court in Moscow, Russia, 02 October 2017. (EPA Photo)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) arrives to attend an administrative hearing at he Simonovsky district court in Moscow, Russia, 02 October 2017. (EPA Photo)

A Moscow court has sent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to jail for 20 days for calling for an unsanctioned protest.

Police detained Navalny on Friday, preventing him from traveling to a rally in a major Russian city that had received official permission. Charges brought against the top Kremlin foe relate to an upcoming rally in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, which has not been sanctioned.

The Russian law on public gatherings that was hastily adopted following massive anti-government rallies in 2011-2012 carries 30 days in jail for repeated violations

After he announced his presidential bid last year, Navalny, arguably Russia's most popular opposition politician, inspired a grassroots campaign in Russian regions to support his nomination.

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