Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (C), who was detained at a recent protest called under the slogan "Putin is not our tsar", speaks with journalists outside a court building in Moscow, Russia May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny Friday appeared in court over nationwide demonstrations last week that saw hundreds arrested as they protested Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth term.Navalny faces charges of organizing an illegal protest and of disobeying police orders, which could see him jailed for up to two months or forced to pay a fine.Nearly 1,600 protesters were detained in 27 cities across Russia on Saturday, according to OVD-Info, an independent monitor that tracks arrests.Navalny has faced a string of charges since he became the leading opposition figure campaigning against Putin's rule at mass demonstrations in 2011 and 2012 .
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