Russian opposition leader jailed for 30 days over protest

Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Russian Federation to compensate opposition leader Alexei Navalny for restricting his freedom of movement.

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

Navalny organized a series of protests on May 5 in Moscow and other Russian cities before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a new term.

The police officer said Navalny ignored megaphone warnings that the protest was illegal. "Therefore, the term on both rulings begins on the same day, today", it said.

"What happens in court really has no relation to the judgment, the judgment probably already exists. they need to observe some formal steps but it has no relation to the result", Navalny told reporters following the adjournment.

The anti-corruption campaigner, who has become Putin's most visible foe, has served several weeks-long jail terms for organizing protests.

Navalny himself was grabbed by police and carried away by his arms and legs shortly after appearing in Moscow's packed Pushkin square.

Navalny tweeted from the courtroom that he was sentenced simply for "getting out on the street of my city and saying: 'I'm not your slave, and I will never be".

The court also was expected to rule on another administrative case against Navalny involving charges of disobedience to police, which carries a punishment of 15 days in prison. He could face up to 15 days in jail for that administrative violation.

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