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Russian court cuts Alexei Navalny's jail term by five days

A Moscow court has reduced a prison sentence handed to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by five days.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday for staging an unsanctioned rally after he was detained outside his home before he could make way to the protest in Moscow.

Moscow City Court has reduced the sentence to 25 days in a hearing that was perceived as a formality.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in more than 100 cities and towns across Russia on Monday in some of the most widespread protests in years, after Mr Navalny called for rallies against government corruption.

Nearly 2,000 people were detained at the protest rallies, mostly in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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