Preserve off, Russia tells West amid outcry over Navalny’s detention

Moscow, January 18

A Russian judge remanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in pre-trial detention for 30 days on Monday for violating the terms of a suspended jail sentence. Moscow asked the West to keep off amid calls to free Navalny. Moscow’s prison service has applied to convert a suspended three-and-a-half year embezzlement sentence in the same case, which he says was trumped up, into real jail time early next month.

The UN and Western countries urged Moscow to free him. Navalny has urged Russians to protest. He accused President Vladimir Putin of throwing the criminal code out of the window in fear.

Ealier, around 200 supporters gathered outside the police station where Navalny was detained. — Reuters

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