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Op­po­nent in jail: Alexei Navalny, the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paigner who has be­come Rus­sia’s most prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion leader, was sen­tenced to 20 days in prison by a Moscow court on Mon­day for or­gan­is­ing an un­sanc­tioned po­lit­i­cal rally last week in Nizhny Nov­gorod, 260 miles east of the cap­i­tal. The sen­tence means he won’t be able to at­tend a rally he had planned to hold this Satur­day (Pres­i­dent Putin’s birth­day) in St Peters­burg (Putin’s home town). Navalny, 41, hopes to run in March’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, when Putin is ex­pected to seek a fourth term. An­a­lysts say the Krem­lin is grow­ing in­creas­ingly anx­ious about Navalny’s pop­u­lar­ity out­side the cap­i­tal – hence, this lat­est prose­cu­tion.

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