Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

  • Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

A Moscow court has ordered opposition politician Aleksei Navalny to be jailed for 30 days over nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin.

Some 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists, including Navalny, were detained during protests held ahead of Putin's inauguration for a fourth term as president.

Organized under the slogan "He is not our Tsar!" the anti-Vladimir Putin protests resulted in hundreds of arrests around the country.

Russian Federation has paid 900 million rubles ($14.5 million) in compensation for ECHR rulings in 2017, Russia's human rights ombudswoman estimated this week, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

Around one in 10 of those arrested were minors, 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.

The anti-Putin campaigner has been sentenced to 30 days in prison on May 5.

Navalny also faces a separate charge of disobeying police orders, with a verdict expected later in the day, but any sentence is expected to run concurrently to the month already given. "On the basis of provisions of the Russian Code on Administrative Offences and the Supreme Court's clarifications, the enforcement of arrest begins on the day the relevant ruling is handed down".

"I do not need a new tsar", Navalny said via his Twitter account after the decision.