Russian opposition leader gets jail sentence after mass protests

Alexei Navalny was fined 20,000 rubles (roughly $350) and given a 15-day jail sentence for violating public meeting rules and disobeying police.
1:15 | 03/27/17

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Mass protests breaking out a host bus and tens of thousands of protesters marching in multiple cities. And it's the biggest protest in the country in at least five years. Demonstrators accusing president Vladimir Putin's government of widespread corruption and some protesters holding caricatures of Clinton. And prime minister Dmitry Medvedev wearing jail uniform. But a crackdown on the rallies came quick. More than a thousand were arrested on Sunday including protest organizer and leading critic Alexi now Bonnie. You honestly. Nobody was sentenced today to fifteen days in jail by Moscow court after being arrested yesterday for resisting police orders during one of the marches. After an initial no comment and some criticism from US lawmakers the State Department has given agency views statement acting spokesperson mark toner. The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday. Russian opposition leader elect senile Bonnie who organized these protests he says he plans to run in the 2018 residential rates against. Vladimir Clinton. Stephanie moments ABC news New York.

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