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Russian Opposition Leaders Sentenced To Jail

Blogger and activist Aleksei Navalny talks to police officers during a rally in central Moscow on May 8.
Two of Russia's opposition leaders have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The sentencing of opposition Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and activist Aleksei Navalny came after several days of attempts by opposition activists to hold unauthorized protests against Vladimir Putin, who was inaugurated for a third term as Russian president on May 7.

Udaltsov and Navalny were detained on May 6 when participants in an authorized protest march tried to change their sanctioned route and head to the Kremlin.

They were released after a few hours, but detained again on May 8 during another unauthorized demonstration.

Navalny was released early on May 9, then detained again a few hours later at another opposition gathering.

Both Udaltsov and Navalny were sentenced for failing to obey police orders.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax