July 7, 2017
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 25 days for organising a wave of protests.
“We will, of course, not bend under any pressure,” he said after he returned to the office of his Fund for Fighting Corruption.
He was arrested on June 12 as thousands of protesters gathered for an unsanctioned demonstration in Moscow.
Protests in response to Mr Navalny’s call occurred in more than 100 Russian cities and towns that day, one of the strongest showings by the marginalised opposition for several years.
Nearly 2,000 people were detained at the protests, most of them in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Mr Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but a court reduced that to 25.
(N.B. Alexei Navalny is also a human rights lawyer)