Saturday 24 August 2019

Opposition leader jailed for 10 days over 'framing of journalist' protest

 

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photo: REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photo: REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Mikhail Antonov

A Moscow court jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 10 days yesterday after finding him guilty of breaking the law when he took part in a street demonstration last month.

The Kremlin critic was among more than 500 protesters detained by police while rallying in Moscow to call for the punishment of police officers involved in the alleged framing of a journalist.

The protest came after police abruptly dropped drug charges against investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a rare U-turn by the authorities in the face of anger from his supporters who said he was targeted for his reporting.

"Ten days of detention for a rally against arbitrariness," Navalny wrote on Twitter after the verdict.

"It's unpleasant, but I think I did the right thing. If we remain silent and sit at home, the arbitrariness will never stop."

Irish Independent

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