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Jail sentence for Russian opposition leader

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By Euronews
Jail sentence for Russian opposition leader

<p>A Moscow court has sent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to jail for 20 days for calling for an unsanctioned protest.</p> <p>This means Navalny will not be able to lead a major rally he had planned in President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of Saint Petersburg on Saturday.</p> <p>“They have already arrested me for a fully legal demonstration. It must be a sort of gift for Putin’s birthday that is all I can say,” he quipped.</p> <p>Speaking to the media outside the court building, Navalny’s lawyer Olga Mikhailova described the court’s decision as outrageous and said they will appeal </p> <p>After he announced his presidential bid last year, Navalny, arguably Russia’s most popular opposition politician, inspired a grassroots campaign in Russian regions to support his nomination.</p> <p>Navalny’s campaign on Monday night called for rallies to protest his arrest in other Russian cities this Saturday.</p>