Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in a police car after being found guilty by a court of repeatedly violating the law on organizing public meetings, in Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Russian opposition demonstrators were handed fines and jail time Tuesday after nationwide anti-corruption protests called by leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was slapped with a 30-day sentence.Over 1,700 people were detained at Monday's demonstrations, mainly in the capital Moscow and Russia's second city Saint Petersburg, but the Kremlin said police had acted correctly and slammed the "dangerous" actions of protesters.Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Russian authorities would not pay attention to U.S. calls to release the demonstrators.Many protesters spent the night in police stations and were shuttled to court for violating demonstration regulations that could see them spend up to 15 days in jail.Kremlin spokesperson Peskov said that authorized rallies were "normal" but dubbed the people taking their protest to city festivities as "provocateurs".
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