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Putin approves increased fines for protesters after pro-Navalny demonstrations

Putin approves increased fines for protesters after pro-Navalny demonstrations
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon Blinken: US stands with Ukraine in face of Russian aggression Russia keeping 80K troops at border amid NATO exercise, US officials say MORE approved an increase in fines for protesters who are involved in demonstrations in support of top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The legislation approved Wednesday increases fines from 1,000 roubles to 4,000 roubles ($54.30) along with 15 days in detention for the charge of insubordination to law enforcement, Reuters reported.

The legislation passed following multiple protests in support of Navalny that led to more than 11,000 people being detained.

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Russia has faced international condemnation and sanctions for its jailing of Navalny and for its handling of the protests.

The new legislation also makes it so protest organizers could pay up to 20,000 roubles in fines if they violate funding regulations.

Protests started after Navalny was jailed upon his return to Russia in January for violating parole requirements he had from a 2014 incarceration on charges that he said were politically motivated.

Navalny came back to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning attack that he accuses the Russian government of carrying out. Moscow has denied the accusation.

Navalny has been sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for the violation, with protests in support of the opposition leader continuing.