Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to month for protests

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks before hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia.

The court heard testimony from one of the police officers who detained Navalny who said the group of 15 police had been authorised to use physical force.

Rallies across Russian Federation were organised for May 5, ahead of Putin's inauguration for a fourth term as president.

The police officer said Navalny ignored megaphone warnings that the protest was illegal.

The Moscow City Court told Interfax that the terms of arrest Navalny was sentenced to do not add up. "Therefore, the term on both rulings begins on the same day, today", it said.

Almost 1,600 protesters were detained in 27 cities across Russian Federation at the anti-Putin protests called "He's not our Tsar", according to OVD-Info, an independent monitor that tracks arrests.

Navalny had previously been detained in January after joining a rally calling for a boycott of the presidential election.

Navalny will thus spend 30 days in custody; when the shorter term ends, he will continue serving the longer one.

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

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". He could face up to 15 days in jail for that administrative violation.

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