September 01, 2017

Opposition Politician Alexei Navalny Sentenced 20 Days Of Jail: Russia Court

Alexei Navalny

On October 2, Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition politician was convicted and sentenced by a Moscow court to 20 days in jail, for calling on his supporters to join him in an unauthorized rally in Nizhny Nov­gorod.

Russian officials stated that the planned rally is one of the many Navalny's repeated violations of the law concerning public demonstrations, including a 30-day prison term handed down in July and a 15 day sentence in 2015.

The demonstrations that followed Putin's 2012 election as president was primarily led by Navalny He was also a noted whistleblower in a series of corruption scandals involving government-run companies. Russian government officials have previously declared Navalny ineligible to run for election in 2018 because he is still serving a suspended sentence for fraud, a felony conviction that prohibits anyone convicted of the offense from holding high office.

Navalny called the sentence a planned birthday present for Putin, whose birthday falls on October 7, the day he was supposed to hold a rally. He also stated that the ruling was politically motivated, and plighted to run for the election regardless. Navalny is planning to hold rallies across Russia's 11 time zones, from Arkhangelsk in the north to Vladivostok in the Far East, while Navalny's supporters are planning to move forward with the rally on October 7, and use the rally as a platform to protest the court ruling.

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