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Russian opposition figure Navalny gets a relatively light, 15-day sentence after protests

Russian opposition figure Navalny gets a relatively light, 15-day sentence after protests

Russian anti-corruption crusader and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in jail Monday, one day after rallies he organized attracted tens of thousands of people and resulted in hundreds being detained by authorities.

The Tverskoy district court also fined Navalny $350 for organizing an unsanctioned rally in Moscow on Sunday, during which he was arrested just minutes after arrival for purportedly resisting police orders.

The rallies in Moscow and dozens of Russian cities and towns were the country’s largest since the 2012 protests against President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin for a third presidency. They took many people in Russia by surprise...

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