Russian promoter of protests released
MOSCOW — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Friday after serving 25 days for organizing a wave of protests.
The opposition will “not bend under any pressure,” Navalny said after he returned to the office of his Fund for Fighting Corruption.
Navalny was arrested June 12 as thousands of protesters gathered for an unsanctioned demonstration in Moscow. Protests in response to Navalny’s call occurred in more than 100 Russian cities and towns that day, one of the strongest showings by the marginalized opposition in several years.
Nearly 2,000 people were detained at the protests, most of them in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The anti-corruption campaigner aims to run for Russian president in 2018.