Russian authorities have arrested more than 1,050 people during protests across the country, to condemn the imprisonment of the opposition Alexei Navalny, according to the French press agency, “Agence France Presse.”
On Tuesday, a Moscow court ordered the imprisonment of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny for three and a half years, under a previous ruling issued against him in 2014, from which the months he spent under house arrest at the time were deducted.
The decision led to Navalny’s supporters in demonstrations again in various Russian cities, led by the capital, Moscow.
A human rights organization stated that the majority of those arrested during the demonstrations, more than 865 people, was arrested in Moscow after security forces dispersed the protesters by force.
Under the court ruling, Navalny is expected to spend about two and a half years in prison, sparking outrage from his supporters and sparking already tense street protests.
On the other hand, international powers, including America, France and Britain, called for the immediate release of the Russian opposition, Navalny.