Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, center, surrounded by police officers leaves a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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A Russian court placed opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for at least two months on Friday and barred him from using the Internet or speaking to the media.The court said Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a leader of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011 and 2012, had violated rules barring him from leaving Moscow.Navalny denounced the ruling as baseless and said it was meant to silence him. Navalny was one of hundreds of people detained on Monday at protests against the jailing of seven activists convicted of rioting and attacking police at a demonstration against Putin on the eve of his inauguration to a six-year third term in 2012 .
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