Russia jails opposition activist Yashin for 15 days

MOSCOW: A Russian court has Ilya . Tuesday convicted Lightningone of the last Russian opposition figures left in the country, in custody for up to 15 days.
“The Khamovniki court just sent me to prison for 15 days,” Yashin said on Twitter. He had previously been arrested for disobedience to the police.
Yashin, 38, said in court that he did not oppose the police.
He maintained that the case against him was politically motivated and an apparent attempt to push him out of the country and intimidate him.
“This detention is a way to put pressure on me,” he said in comments released on the messaging app Telegram
He said it could not be ruled out that the detention was also an attempt to start a criminal case against him in the future.
Yashin was arrested late Monday while walking through a Moscow park with his girlfriend Irina Babloyan, the latter wrote on Telegram.
“They say he insulted and swore at[the police]during his arrest. IT IS NOT TRUE,” she wrote.
Yashin has been a prominent opposition figure in Russia since the mass protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-2012.
He is an ally of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and was close to Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was assassinated near the Kremlin in 2015.
He is the city’s deputy and has denounced the Russian offensive in Ukraine.