WORLDPOST

03/27/2017 08:49 am ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A courtroom on Monday sentenced Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny to 15 days in jail, saying he had disobeyed a police officer throughout an anti-government protest in Moscow the day gone by.

The identical courtroom fined Navalny 20,000 roubles ($352.20) earlier on Monday for his position in organizing the protest, which the authorities stated was unlawful.

Police detained tons of of protesters throughout Russia on Sunday, together with Navalny, after hundreds took to the streets to display towards corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Olga Mikhailova, Navalny’s lawyer, advised Reuters she had anticipated such a verdict and would enchantment it.

A Reuters reporter noticed Navalny being loaded right into a van, which was shortly surrounded by supporters holding placards studying” “We imagine” and “Alexei, we’re with you.”

The Kremlin on Monday rejected calls by the USA and the European Union to launch detained opposition protesters, accusing organizers of paying youngsters to attend.

(Reporting by Svetlana Reiter; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Enhancing by Polina Devitt)