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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days

He was arrested just before an anti-corruption protest in Moscow.

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Alexei Navalny, Putin critic and Russian opposition leader, arrested as thousands protest on Russia Day

A Moscow court found Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty of organizing illegal protests and sentenced him to 30 days’ detention late Monday.

Navalny confirmed the sentence on Twitter, writing: “30 days. It’s not enough they’ve robbed the whole country, but because of them I’ll now have to miss the Depeche Mode concert in Moscow.”

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room

Navalny called on his supporters to take part in protests across the country on the Russia Day holiday on Monday. According to media reports, over 1,000 demonstrators were arrested in the protests, though Russian authorities provided a lower figure.

The anti-Kremlin opposition leader plans to challenge Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the country’s election next year.

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