Russian opposition leader under house arrest

2014-02-28 15:06
Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny speaks in a court room. (Vasily Maximov, AFP)

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny speaks in a court room. (Vasily Maximov, AFP)

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Moscow - A Moscow court has put Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the internet or receiving any visitors.

Navalny is a leading opposition figure and anti-corruption crusader. He and his supporters published a damning report in January, documenting corruption in the preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

Navalny's associates wrote in his blog that a judge at the Basmanny Court in Moscow on Friday granted a petition by prosecutors for Navalny's arrest for a fraud conviction.

In July last year, Navalny was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to five years in prison. A day later, however, he was released on a suspended sentence following mass street protests in Moscow.

- AP
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