Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Putin critic Alexei Navalny among hundreds jailed over anti-Kremlin protests

Russia's most prominent opposition leader has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after he was arrested en route to an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow.
Alexei Navalny, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was detained outside his home and sentenced hours later on charges of failing to follow police orders.

The 41-year-old had called for mass protests nationwide against corruption, with anti-graft demonstrations planned in more than 180 towns and cities.

Speaking to reporters shortly before he was sentenced, Navalny said: "The scope of the rallies was amazing, and so many people came out."

A photo of Navalny being bundled into a police car was posted on Twitter by his wife Yulia, who said the protests were going ahead nonetheless.

SKY      News.