Russian Court Upholds Opposition Politician Navalny Jail Term

Image: Navalny being detained in Moscow, March 2017.

(From RadioFreeEurope)

A Russian court has rejected an appeal by Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny against a 30-day jail term that was handed to him for organizing nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin.

The Moscow City Court made the ruling on May 23, eight days after Navalny was ordered jailed for what the judges said was violating regulations for organizing public gatherings.

Navalny called the accusations against him “ridiculous.”

The vocal Putin foe was one of hundreds of people apprehended on May 5 in Moscow and more than 1,600 people detained nationwide during protests ahead of Putin’s upcoming inauguration to a new six-year term.

Navalny was released hours later but was ordered not to leave Moscow while the cases against him were pending.

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