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Moscow court arrests opposition activist Navalny for 30 days for May 5 unauthorized rally

May 15, 17:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Later in the day, the court is expected to consider another administrative case against Navalny on charges of disobedience to police

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Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny

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MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. A Moscow district court has sanctioned a 30-day administrative arrest of opposition activist and blogger Alexei Navalny on charges of recurrent organization of unauthorized rally in central Moscow on May 5, a TASS correspondent reported from the Tverskoi district court on Tuesday.

"The court has ruled to recognize Navalny guilty in committing an administrative offense under part 8, Article 20.2 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offense (recurrent violation of the established procedure of organization or holding rallies) and award a punishment of 30 days of administrative arrest," the judge read out the court ruling.

Later in the day, the court is expected to consider another administrative case against Navalny on charges of disobedience to police. The charge carries a punishment of up to 15 days in custody.

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