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)

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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.

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