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Russia’s opposition leader Navalny gets 10-day sentence

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Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, left, gestures in a court before a hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 1, 2019. A Moscow court jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 10 days on Monday after finding him guilty of breaking the law when he took part in a street demonstration last month. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 10 days in jail on charges of taking part in an unsanctioned rally.

A court in Moscow on Monday found Navalny guilty of violating rules for holding a rally last month.

The rally was part of a series of protests sparked by the arrest of a prominent investigative reporter on drug-dealing charges, which were dropped within days for lack of evidence.

The case of journalist Ivan Golunov’s caused outrage, and Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by firing two senior police officers.

Navalny is Putin’s most visible foe. He has served numerous jail sentences for his role in unsanctioned demonstrations.

Navalny tweeted from the courtroom that the sentence was “unpleasant,” but added that it’s necessary to keep protesting against authorities’ “lawless actions”

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