Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced yesterday to 20 days in prison for organizing unauthorized protests, France's press reported, quoted by BTA.
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After he announced his presidential bid past year, Navalny, arguably Russia's most popular opposition politician, inspired a grassroots campaign in Russian regions to support his nomination.
A close associate, Leonid Volkov, was also jailed for 20 days and threatened to go on hunger strike. He had been due to attend a major rally in Mr Putin's home city of St Petersburg on Saturday.
"Old man Putin is so scared of our meetings in the regions that he decided to make himself happy with a small gift for his jubilee", Navalny said on Twitter after his sentencing.
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Navalny has been jailed twice already this year after organising rallies and protests against government corruption.
The Kremlin warned Navalny's supporters to refrain from holding any unsanctioned rallies in his absence.
Khyzyr Mussakaev, a judge in the Simonovsky district court in Moscow, found him guilty of violating the law on public demonstrations and ordered him held for the third time this year.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "despite our warnings, United States authorities have not listened to the voice of reason and did not give up on their illegal intentions".