Moscow City Court finds Alexey Navalny’s arrest lawful

Moscow City Court finds Alexey Navalny’s arrest lawful
Alexey Navalny in court Photo: Yevgeny Feldman

On March 27, the court sentenced the opposition leader to 15 days of administrative arrest.

The Moscow City Court recognized as lawful the 15-day administrative arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny for resisting the police in an unauthorized protest in central Moscow.

"The sentence for Navalny is consistent with the principles of reasonableness, justice and the inevitability of punishment," RIA Novosti quoted the judge. In addition, earlier, the court fined the oppositionist for organization of an unauthorized event.

On March 27, the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow heard two cases against Alexey Navalny. First, Judge Alesya Orekhova found him guilty "of organizing and calling for participation in an unsanctioned rally," levying a fine of 20.000 rubles ($352). During the meeting, the opposition leader suggested the court should Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, calling him the real organizer of the protest rallies. The participants of the rally under the name “He is not your Dimon” demanded that the prime minister should respond to allegations of corruption.

On the same day, the court heard another case against Navalny, on disobeying the lawful order of a police officer. The oppositionist said that he always fulfills "the legitimate demands of the police." However, he was sentenced to administrative arrest for disobedience to the police.

We should remind that the rallies took place on March 26 all over Russia. In Moscow, according to various estimates, there were from 8000 to 30.000 people. Dmitry Medvedev did not comment on FBK's accusations against him. On March 26, he wrote on Instagram that he had “had a good day, skied”.

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a plenary session of The Arctic forum: Territory of Dialogue, commenting on the protests for the first time. The Head of state said that corruption must be fought against, but one cannot abuse the topic to achieve political goals before the elections.

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