Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed - Whisper Eye

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, has been given a 20 day prison sentence for repeatedly violating a ban on organising public meetings.

His supporters claim that he was detained to stop him from taking part in presidential elections in March when Vladimir Putin is expected to seek a fourth term.

It is the third time this year that Mr. Navalny has been jailed.

Russia’s electoral authorities say he cannot stand in March vote because of a separate suspended sentence.

The council of Europe’s committee of ministers has condemned the conviction of embezzlement as “arbitrary and unfair”.

His latest sentence came after he tried to organize a rally in Fizhny Novgorod about 400km east of Moscow.

The authorities said he did not have permission to organize such events.

His close associate Leonid Volkov was also jailed for 20 days and threatened to go on hunger strike.

Alex Navalny is one of Russia’s most prominent anti corruption campaigners, led a mass street protest against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-2012.

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