Putin’s Most Prominent Critic Is Arrested Again Right After Leaving Jail

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Alexey Navalny was arrested immediately after being released from jail Monday on charges he said were fabricated.

Alexey Navalny, Russia’s most well-known opposition leader, was detained immediately after he was released from jail on Monday and sentenced to another 20 days, according to ABC News.

> Navalny was met by police officers at the door of a Moscow detention center as he stepped out of jail after serving a 30-day sentence for organizing an unauthorized rally.


> He was immediately taken to a police station, and, late Monday evening, a court sentenced him to 20 additional days in jail after convicting him of a new protest violation, his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter.

The 42-year-old is the most prominent anti-Putin figure in Russia, regularly staging protests and facing arrest, along with his supporters.

> The court convicted Navalny of causing harm to a person or property resulting from his "action or inaction" during a demonstration he called for on Sept. 9 as part of nationwide protests against a plan to raise Russia's pension age. The harm alleged by the prosecution was that during the protest, which saw hundreds of people arrested, a police vehicle's paintwork was scratched by demonstrators.


> Navalny himself was not present at the demonstration because he was already in jail, but police claimed he was responsible for the alleged damage since he had called for the protest to go ahead as planned.

He accused the court of fabricating the charges in an attempt to work up to more serious charges:

> "You are just inventing a case, you are completely brazenly fabricating an administrative case, which is a step towards fabricating a criminal case," Navalny told the judge, Elena Armyzshina, according to the Russian site, Mediazona, which was in the courtroom.

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