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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Opposition Leader Navalny Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail
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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has just been sentenced to 15 days in jail for "repeated violation" of laws on rallies and demonstrations, TV Rain reports.

Police came to his home this morning and arrested him, then brought him to Presnensky Court for an administrative hearing.

Navalny has taken part in several unauthorized actions, including the January 15 rally in his own defense in the Yves Roche case, where he was given a suspended sentence of 3.5 years.

Thus the court, based on police records, ruled that he should be handed the jail sentence, and said that the defense's counter arguments were "insufficient."

Translation: 15 days. I will miss all of Maslenitsa.

Maslenitsa is a week-long holiday in the Russian Orthodox calender like Mardi Gras, before the Lenten fast leading to Easter.

Earlier, on February 15, Navalny, Roman Rubanov, the director of his Anti-Corruption Fund, Nikolai Lyaskin, head of the Moscow section of the Party of Progress led by Navalny, and another 9 activists were detained for leafletting in the Moscow metro. The leaftlets invited people to come to the March 1 rally. Police released them after 8 hours.

The Russian opposition's effort to gain permission to hold a large rally on March 1 has become complicated by Navalny's arrest, not only because he cannot physically take part in the organizing, but because the mayor's office may say that the presence of a convicted person on the application will be grounds for rejecting it.