Navalny freed pending appeal with travel restrictions, may run for mayor

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Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES Although Navalny is legally able to run in the September elections, the opposition blogger said he had not yet decided whether he would carry on with his mayoral campaign. Navalny was released from custody on Thursday morning and was greeted by a crowd of enthralled supporters outside the courtroom. According to restrictions imposed by the court, Navalny will not be permitted to leave the Russian capital upon his return home. The district court where he is being tried is located in the town of Kirov, around a kilometer East of Moscow.  The prominent opposition figure spent a night in prison after the court sentenced him to five years on corruption charges.   Following yesterday’s ruling Navalny’s supporters gathered in central Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square to protest what they condemn as a politically motivated trial. The court addressed Navalny’s allegations of political foul play as “groundless” during Thursday’s hearing. Russian riot police detained dozens of protesters during unauthorized but peaceful rallies held in several Russian cities following the ruling. Around 2,500 supporters of the anti-corruption blogger Navalny took to the streets in the heart of Russia’s capital for an unauthorized rally, according to Moscow police. The organizers of the protest however put the number of participants at over 10,000.  The Moscow police issued a statement on Friday morning, saying that all of the citizens who had been arrested during the protests had been released. The statement said that around 200 people had been detained in the center for blocking streets and disobeying the police.

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