MOSCOW -- A Moscow court has ruled that the arrest of an organizer of Russia's mass protest on December 10 was legal, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Sergei Udaltsov, a coordinator of the opposition Left Front movement, was arrested for "illegally leaving a hospital while serving a multi-day jail term for holding an unsanctioned mass gathering in the past."
Udaltsov was one of the organizers of a December 10 Moscow protest, one of dozens nationwide calling for fresh parliamentary elections following what protesters claim was a rigged poll on December 4.
Udaltsov was again sent from the courtroom to the hospital on December 10.
Udaltsov told RFE/RL on December 12 that his lawyers plan to appeal the ruling, and added that he is on a hunger strike.
He said several policemen are monitoring him in the hospital.
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