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Putin critic released from jail only to get arrested on his way out

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Alexei Navalny
Police
officers detain Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny as he
leaves a detention center after a month in jail for an
unsanctioned protest rally, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 24,
2018.

AP Photo/Dmitry
Serebryakov


  • Alexei Navalny, one of the most prominent faced of Russia’s
    opposition movement, was released from jail Monday and
    immediately re-arrested and sentenced to another 20 days of
    detention.
  • Navalny has spent 120 days behind bars in Russia since 2017
    in part because of his political activism that largely targets
    Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics,
Alexei Navalny, thought Monday was going to be his last day in
jail after serving out a 30-day sentence for organizing an
unauthorized rally, ABC News
reported
.

But as soon Navalny stepped out of jail in Moscow, he was greeted
by Russian police officers who arrested him again. Later that
same day, Navalny was sentenced to another 20 days of detention,
his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh said
on Twitter
.

Navalny was charged with causing harm to a person or property due
to his “action or inaction” at a rally he called for on September
9. He was still in detention at the time of the rally, but
Russian authorities said that the harm he caused — a police
vehicle was damaged — was a direct result of his initial call for
the rally, according to ABC News.

Navalny, 42, who has become one of the most recognizable faces of
Russia’s anti-Putin opposition, has spent 120 days in detention
since 2017 due to his activism.

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