Leading Russian opposition politician Navalny released from jail

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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after 30 days in prison.

Navalny, a prominent Kremlin critic, was jailed on charges of violating Russia’s protest laws after he called for people to demonstrate in central Moscow over the exclusion of opposition candidates from a local election next month.

Navalny was arrested in Moscow on July 24 as he left his home to go jogging and buy flowers for his wife’s birthday.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny leaves a prison
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny leaves a prison after serving a 30-day sentence in Moscow, Russia, 23 August 2019. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

During his incarceration, he was treated in hospital for what doctors called a “severe allergic reaction”, while Navalny said he might have been “poisoned”.

Several banned demonstrations to demand free elections in Moscow have led to thousands of arrests in recent weeks in some of the largest opposition protests since Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Police were present this morning outside the prison on his release but made no move to re-arrest him, as they have when done in the past when other opposition figures were freed.

 

Via Moscow Times

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