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Russia jails opposition leader after hundreds detained for protest

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:34 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday jailed opposition protest leader Alexei Navalny for 'disobeying police' after more than 400 people were detained at a demonstration in central Moscow.

In the largest wave of arrests in nearly two years, police rounded up some 420 protesters on Monday evening as they demonstrated against the jailing of a group of activists opposed to President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, a charismatic lawyer who came second in last year's Moscow mayoral race, was sentenced to a week behind bars for resisting police.

"Alexei Navalny got 7 days," his spokeswoman Anna Veduta wrote on Twitter.

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