Russian court rejects appeal for Alexey Navalny to be released – opposition figure will remain behind bars until trial

A court has returned

A court has returned opposition figure Alexey Navalny to prison to await trial for allegedly breaching the terms of a suspended sentence for fraud, as his supporters prepare for a fresh wave of protests across Russia.

On Thursday, a judge heard arguments from Navalny’s lawyers, who had been petitioning for his release from Matrosskaya Tishina prison ahead of his full trial, set to take place in February.

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