Navalny Gets 30 Days In Jail For Anti-Putin Protests

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny centre shouts slogans as he attends a rally in Moscow Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was ordered Tuesday to spend 30 days in jail for staging an unsanctioned protest in Moscow and resisting police, charges he dismissed as unlawful. The protests initiated by opposition leader Navalny, who was detained nearly immediately after the appearance at the rally, but later released until the hearing.

On Tuesday, may 15, the European court of human rights ruled that Russian authorities violated the rights of opposition and founder of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny, when he refused issuance of the passport.

The court heard testimony from one of the police officers who detained Navalny who said the group of 15 police had been authorised to use physical force.

Later in the day, the court is expected to consider another administrative case against Navalny on charges of disobedience to police.

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Navalny was detained at a rally in Moscow on May 5, one of dozens of demonstrations organized by supporters across Russian Federation to protest Putin's inauguration to a new six-year term two days later.

Navalny had previously been detained in January after joining a rally calling for a boycott of the presidential election.

"They gave me 30 days, and the "trial" is still going", Navalny tweeted after the initial ruling. This will run concurrently with the first sentence and he should not be in jail for any longer than 30 days.

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