Russian opposition leader sentenced to jail over anti-Putin protests

Russian opposition leader sentenced to jail over anti-Putin protests
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An outspoken opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail for organizing anti-Putin protests in Moscow. 

The Associated Press reported that a Russian district court sentenced Alexei Navalny on charges of organizing an unauthorized rally. 

Navalny had set up protests across the country earlier this month ahead of Putin’s inauguration. The rallies featured the slogan “He is not our czar,” according to the AP.

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Navalny was among the more than 1,000 people who were arrested during the protests.

Navalny attempted to run for president in Russia's 2018 election, but was barred by the country's Central Election Commission.

He has been arrested before, including in January after organizing a protest urging Russians to boycott the March presidential election.

Putin coasted to reelection, securing another six-year term despite widespread allegations of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE faced sharp criticism when he called Putin and congratulated him on his reelection.