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Moscow District Court rules Navalny’s detention extension legal

The blogger will be remanded in custody until February 15
Alexey Navalny (on screen) Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Alexey Navalny (on screen)
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KRASNOGORSK /Moscow Region/, January 28. /TASS/. The Moscow District Court has ruled that it was legal to extend the detention of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny until February 15, TASS reports from the courtroom.

"Having heard opinions of the sides, the court has decided to dismiss the complaint of Alexey Navalny whose detention was extended by 30 days until February 15 in accordance with the decision of the Moscow Region’s Khimki City Court. The decision of the court of first instance is hereby declared legal," Judge Musa Musayev announced the ruling.

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who was twice found guilty of embezzlement, was earlier placed on the wanted list for violating the conditions of his probation period imposed as part of the suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case. Navalny was detained on January 17 in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport where he arrived from Berlin. The Khimki Court in Moscow officially detained him for 30 days until February 15. On February 2, the court will decide whether to replace his suspended sentence with prison time.