Russian court sentences Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days in jail for a protest before the inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin "He is not our king".

A Russian judge on Tuesday sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in prison for leading a protest against President Vladimir Putin.

The court on Tuesday said Navalny's 30-day sentence would come into effect immediately, a Reuters correspondent there reported.

May 5, in more than 80 cities of Russian Federation held rallies in connection with the fourth inauguration of President Putin with the slogan "He's not our king".

Navalny's lawyer Vadim Kobzev said the trial had "clearly political motives" as Putin begins his fourth Kremlin term.

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Russian Federation has paid 900 million rubles ($14.5 million) in compensation for ECHR rulings in 2017, Russia's human rights ombudswoman estimated this week, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

Around one in 10 of those arrested were minors, according to OVD-Info, an independent monitor that tracks arrests.

He was barred from running in the most recent election as a result and called for a boycott of the vote.

Later in the day, the court is expected to consider another administrative case against Navalny on charges of disobedience to police. He could face up to 15 days in jail for that administrative violation.

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