The former chess champion Garry Kasparov was sentenced to five days in jail yesterday after taking part in an anti-Kremlin protest rally in Moscow.
Mr Kasparov, the leader of the opposition Other Russia coalition, was charged with organising an unsanctioned protest "of at least 1,500 people directed against President Vladimir Putin", chanting anti-government slogans and resisting arrest.
His court appearance came only hours after he was arrested by riot police during the protest.
He was one of dozens of people detained during the 3,000-strong demonstration called "the march of the dissenters".
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Putin continues solidifying his power, showing once again the corrupting influence of oil money on society. Sad really.