Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed

  • Russia's opposition leader has been jailed after anti-Putin protests were held across the country. (AAP)
A Moscow court has jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after anti Putin protests were held across the country.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 30 days after mass rallies against President Vladimir Putin were held across the country.
A Moscow court found Navalny guilty on Monday of repeatedly breaking regulations on the organisation of demonstrations, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmish said on Twitter.
Protests against Putin were held in more than a hundred cities and towns across the country on Monday, the patriotic Russia Day holiday, but Navalny was arrested at his home in Moscow before he could join them.
Protesters were detained in dozens of cities, from far-eastern Vladivostok to western-most Kaliningrad, according to anti-corruption watchdog OVD-Info, though there were conflicting reports of exact numbers.
OVD-Info said more than 700 people were taken into custody in Moscow and more than 500 detained in St Petersburg, while state media put the number detained in Moscow at 200.
Navalny, who was also detained at a similar protest in March, has sought to challenge Putin in next year's presidential election, but he appears unlikely to be allowed on the ballot because of a controversial past conviction on corruption charges.
A meeting in the central Russian city of Kazan was only allowed to take place for only a few hours, starting at 7 o'clock in the morning. Several hundred people showed up on time, local media reported.
The Moscow protest occurred in the same location as a festival for the Russia Day holiday, which celebrates the transformation of Soviet Russia into today's country.
Moscow authorities said that about 200,000 people attended the festival on a central thoroughfare, Tverskaya Street, which leads to the Kremlin.
Police formed several cordons at the Moscow rally to disperse the crowd, detaining protesters who resisted.
The crowd of thousands chanted slogans such as "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a thief!" as they made their way down Tverskaya.
Navalny's team had earlier said they expected between 45,000 to 50,000 people to attend the Moscow demonstration.
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