Russian court sentenced Alexei Navalny with three and a half years in prison

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in prison on conviction for violating his parole, but said that his sentence would be reduced by the amount he spent under house arrest earlier.

Navalny, who is a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was arrested at the Russian border on January 17 after returning from Germany, where he was in the process of recuperation from being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent.

Navalny’s allies called on their supporters for an immediate protest against the ruling in central Moscow.

Navalny’s lawyer said the opposition politician would appeal.