Russian opposition leader Navalny leaves jail, goes to rally

2017-10-22 14:01
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny listens to his sentence at a court in Moscow. (Denis Tyrin, AP)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny listens to his sentence at a court in Moscow. (Denis Tyrin, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Moscow - Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, has been released from jail after a 20-day sentence for calling an unauthorised demonstration.

Navalny was arrested on September 29 as he planned to travel to the city of Nizhny Novgorod for a rally that had been given official permission.

But a court sentenced him for calling another rally, an unauthorised protest in St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin's hometown.

Navalny, who plans to run for president against Putin in the March 2018 election, has repeatedly served jail terms connected to rallies.

After his release on Sunday, Navalny said on social media that he hopes to attend an evening demonstration in the southern city of Astrakhan.

The anti-corruption campaigner this year twice called for demonstrations nationwide whose size and extent rattled the Kremlin.

Read more on:    russia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.