The Russian opposition on Monday vowed new protests this week after a leading anti-Kremlin activist was give a fresh jail sentence following the latest mass rally against Vladimir Putin.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in the second mass opposition protest in a month, increasing the pressure on Putin for reform as he faces the biggest protest wave in Russia since the 1990s.
The opposition is not expected to hold new mass rallies until after the New Year. But the fresh prison term handed to Sergei Udaltsov, who leads the extreme-left wing Left Front Movement, sparked huge anger within its ranks.
Udaltsov had already served 15 days for taking part in a protest in Moscow against December 4 parliamentary elections won by Putin’s party, a poll the opposition says were rigged.
But a Moscow court late Sunday ordered him to serve 10 more days in jail to finish a sentence he did not fully complete after being arrested at a demonstration in October.