Russia jails opposition leader after hundreds detained for protest
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.