A court in Moscow has fined Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer at opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, for calling on the public to hold rallies to protest the Kremlin critic's detention.
The Simonov district court on January 22 found Sobol guilty of a "violation of the law on mass gatherings," namely of calling for unsanctioned rallies. It ordered her to pay a fine of 250,000 rubles ($3,400).
She was released after the hearing.
At a separate court hearing, another Navalny ally, activist Georgy Alburov, was sentenced by the Meshchansky district court to 10 days in jail on a similar charge.
Navalny was arrested on January 17 and later sent to pretrial detention after his arrival from Germany, where he was treated for a poison attack in Siberia in August, for which he has accused the Kremlin.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement.