Kremlin critic Navalny released from jail

NNA – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free Monday after spending 15 days in jail over a rally protesting against alleged massive corruption by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner was arrested on March 26 at the largest unauthorized demonstration of recent years in Moscow and found guilty of disobeying police orders.
On Monday afternoon he was released at the appointed time, his campaign director Leonid Volkov told several dozen journalists waiting outside the detention center where he had been held in northern Moscow.
“We`re waiting for Alexei here but he called me and said they moved him to another police station in Konkovo (south Moscow) and released him precisely at 2:28 pm (1128 GMT) when his 15 days ran out,” Volkov said.
The European Parliament had urged Russia to release Navalny and the others arrested at the Moscow protest and rallies held the same day in dozens of other Russian cities.
Navalny has announced he intends to stand in 2018 presidential polls that Vladimir Putin is expected to contest for a fourth term.–AFP
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