Russian leader Navalny released from jail

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured) on Thursday walked free from a Moscow prison after serving a 30-day sentence for staging illegal protests against Vladimir Putin’s re-election as president. Navalny’s release came on the day of the opening of the FIFA World Cup at Moscow. “I’m with you again after a 30-day business trip. I’m so happy to be free,” he tweeted. Navalny was barred from contesting the presidential election by the Russian constitutional court over a conviction for fraud from 2014. The ruling against the rising leader raised eyebrows then as a European Court of Human Rights had found the conviction arbitrary.