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Russia: See Navalny detained in Moscow for breaking house arrest01:08

Russia: See Navalny detained in Moscow for breaking house arrest

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 30, 2014 at 16:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was detained by police at an unsanctioned rally in central Moscow Tuesday for breaking the rules of his house arrest just hours after a court gave him a suspended sentence.

Thousands gathered at the rally in support of Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg in central Moscow after the Russian opposition activist was found guilty of fraud earlier in the day.

Navalny received three and a half years on parole in an embezzlement case, while his brother Oleg was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Both Navalny and his brother Oleg stand accused of defrauding the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of ($537,000; €433,000) between 2008 and 2012.

A rally organised on Facebook in support of Navalny originally attracted more than 12,000 users who were expected to demonstrate during the trial. However, the Facebook page was blocked over a week ago at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office.

It is not the first time Navalny has been in trouble with the law after he received a five-year probation sentence in 2013 for a graft scheme in relation to a government-owned company in the Russian region of Kirov.

Russia: See Navalny detained in Moscow for breaking house arrest01:08
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Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was detained by police at an unsanctioned rally in central Moscow Tuesday for breaking the rules of his house arrest just hours after a court gave him a suspended sentence.

Thousands gathered at the rally in support of Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg in central Moscow after the Russian opposition activist was found guilty of fraud earlier in the day.

Navalny received three and a half years on parole in an embezzlement case, while his brother Oleg was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Both Navalny and his brother Oleg stand accused of defrauding the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of ($537,000; €433,000) between 2008 and 2012.

A rally organised on Facebook in support of Navalny originally attracted more than 12,000 users who were expected to demonstrate during the trial. However, the Facebook page was blocked over a week ago at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office.

It is not the first time Navalny has been in trouble with the law after he received a five-year probation sentence in 2013 for a graft scheme in relation to a government-owned company in the Russian region of Kirov.