Friday, 16 June 2017
Russian opposition leader found guilty of calling unlawful protests, sentenced
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was found guilty late Monday of calling repeatedly for unlawful protests and sentenced to 30 days of detention, his spokeswoman said, following a day of nationwide anti-corruption demonstrations. Navalny, in court in Moscow, accused the judge of helping the police write the justification for his arrest. His wife, Yulia, reported Navalny was detained at his Moscow home.
"30 days," Navalny tweeted after the sentencing. "Not only they robbed the whole country, but I'll miss Depeche Mode concert in Moscow because of them."
The arrest of Navalny, 41, came as thousands of protesters clashed with police in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The opposition leader, who plans to run against Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential election, had mobilized support on social networks in the hope the rallies would rattle the Kremlin.