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February 28, 2014

Russian Opposition Leader Placed Under House Arrest

by VOA News

A Russian court has placed opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for at least two months.

​​Investigators on Wednesday asked the court to put Navalny under house arrest, arguing that he had violated travel restrictions during a criminal investigation against him.

Navalny was already serving a seven-day sentence after being detained Monday with hundreds of other demonstrators at an unauthorized protest rally in Moscow.

Last year, a Russian appeals court suspended his five-year prison sentence after the anti-corruption blogger was convicted in July of organizing the 2009 theft of some $500,000 from a timber firm. Navalny described the trial as politically motivated.

The latest charges against him and his brother, Oleg, include fraud and money laundering of well over $1 million.