European Court Orders Russia to Compensate Navalny for Passport Restrictions

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is jailed for 30 days for organising nationwide protests against Putin

Judge Dmitry Gordeyev of Moscow's Tverskoi district court found Navalny guilty of arranging the "unauthorised protests".

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained at a recent protest called under the slogan "Putin is not our tsar", walks before entering a court building in Moscow, Russia May 15, 2018.

Initial hearings in the case were postponed last week in order to field witness testimonies from police officers.

The police officer said Navalny ignored megaphone warnings that the protest was illegal.

Navalny's lawyer Vadim Kobzev said the trial had "clearly political motives" as Putin begins his fourth Kremlin term.

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Organized under the slogan "He is not our Tsar!" the anti-Vladimir Putin protests resulted in hundreds of arrests around the country.

The jail sentence could reflect the authorities' desire to keep Navalny behind bars to prevent him from staging more protests in the run-up to the World Cup hosted by Russian Federation that could tarnish its opening on June 14.

Around one in 10 of those arrested were minors, according to OVD-Info, an independent monitor that tracks arrests.

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

Navalny had previously been detained in January after joining a rally calling for a boycott of the presidential election. The charge carries a punishment of up to 15 days in custody.

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