Alexei Navalnay was arrested for his outspoken criticism of the Russian government and president Vladimir Putin. He was released on bail the day after he was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment. He believes that the motives behind his imprisonment are all political rivalries and that the court conviction is wrong and unjust.
His release on bail came as a surprise and the court has ordered that he is still eligible to run for public office. But Navalnay has announced that he would withdraw his candidacy in protest to his conviction. He further said: Regarding my participation in the elections, I am not some kind of a kitten or a puppy 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.'”
One of the conditions of his bail is that he is not allowed to eave the Russian capital. The conviction on Navalnay stated that he had misappropriated $500,000 in a lumber deal and this had brought nationwide condemnation and even the united states have expressed their dislike for such a conviction.
Thousands of Russians protested in Moscow outside the Kremlin and also in central St. Petersburg. They were all against such a conviction and against the arrest of Alexei Navalnay. Even more than 200 protestors were arrested in Moscow which was not even authorized by the city s authorities.
It seems that the Russians are heavily disappointed with the arrest of their leader and they want the government to repair this mistake. It also appears as if Navalnays assumption about political rivalry is true because the Russians and the US have declared the conviction wrong. Until now there is no news whether Navallnaay would reenter the Russian elections.