The court that ordered to jail Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny yesterday, ordered today to freed him temporarily but with movement restrictions, after the protests of thousands of people against his conviction seen by his supporters as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him and make impossible his plans to run for Moscow’s Mayor in September and for President in 2018.
Now Navalny would be able to await the outcome of an appeal from home. The court has 30 days to begin to consider the appeal, according to Russian media.
Is precisely his condition as a candidate for Mayor of Moscow what has set him free with the condition to don’t move from the Russian capital. A surprise request from prosecution said that keeping him behind bars would deny him his right to seek election. The same court that ordered his immediate jailing yesterday, ordered today his release with restrictions in a hearing that lasted less than an hour. He will probably be able to continue blogging and tweeting his critics against Putin and his Government once at home.
Speaking to reporters outside court, Navalny said he would return to Moscow to discuss his next steps with his staff, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported, quoted by the CNN.
“Regarding my participation in the elections, I am not some kind of a kitten or a puppy to whom they first say it can’t participate in the elections and then they say, ‘let’s release him for a while so he can participate in the elections,'” he said.
Once in Moscow, he will decide whether to boycott the election or continue his campaign, he said, according to the news agency.
“We’ll discuss it with the staff and with the volunteers. For now, I will stay a candidate, I am not retreating.”
After the conviction and the immediate jailing of the opposition leader thousands of protesters took the streets of several cities in Russia and at least 200 were arrested. Some see Navalny Release as try to calm the protests at home and from outside. The EU and the US had shown their concern about the sentence, something Putin would not care about, but the markets’ reaction was bad, and that’s another question.