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Navalny Aide Volkov Released Early From Jail After Sentence Cut


Leonid Volkov (file photo)
Leonid Volkov (file photo)

A close aide of Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny was released from a Moscow jail on June 18, a day after a Moscow court cut by half the 15-day jail term handed down against him.

The early release of Leonid Volkov, who was arrested last week for organizing a demonstration against an increase in the retirement age, is the latest in a series of apparent concessions by the state to appease disgruntled segments of Russia's population.

The Moscow City Court did not give a reason for reducing Volkov’s jail term.

Volkov was sentenced to 15 days in prison on June 10 just hours after he completed a 20-day jail term for live-streaming an unsanctioned Moscow rally in September 2018.

The 38-year old is a project manager at Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, which investigates alleged corruption among government officials and those close to President Vladimir Putin.

A court in Chechnya last week granted an early release to rights activist Oyub Titiyev, who was sentenced to four years in prison in March on drug charges he denies.

A day later, Moscow authorities closed the case against journalist Ivan Golunov, who was under house arrest on drug charges, following widespread protests.

A St. Petersburg court on June 17 downgraded extortion charges against Kaliningrad newspaper editor Ivan Rudnikov, allowing him to be released on June 17.

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