One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics, Alexei Navalny, was released from jail only to be re-arrested on his way out. Navalny, had been detained for organizing an unauthorized rally. He was locked up again for damages done to a police car during one of those events.
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics, Alexei Navalny, thought Monday was going to be his last day in jail after serving out a 30-day sentence for organizing an unauthorized rally, ABC News reported.
But as soon Navalny stepped out of jail in Moscow, he was greeted by Russian police officers who arrested him again. Later that same day, Navalny was sentenced to another 20 days of detention, his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter.
Navalny was charged with causing harm to a person or property due to his “action or inaction” at a rally he called for on September 9. He was still in detention at the time of the rally, but Russian authorities said that the harm he caused — a police vehicle was damaged — was a direct result of his initial call for the rally, according to ABC News.
Navalny, 42, who has become one of the most recognizable faces of Russia’s anti-Putin opposition, has spent 120 days in detention since 2017 due to his activism.