Alexei Navalny, the man many credit with inspiring the Moscow protests, has been released from prison after 15 days. The blogger quickly became the voice of the anti-Vladimir Putin protesters until he was arrested on Dec. 6 on charges of obstructing traffic.
The Post’s Will Englund wrote, Navalny’s arrest “seemed poised to catapult him out of the online world and onto a national stage. With most of Russia’s opposition leaders seen as either too compromised by proximity to the Kremlin, or too tiresome or unexciting to garner widespread national support, the opportunity for Navalny is considerable.”
Here’s the scene outside the jail early Wednesday morning in Russia moments after Navalny was released:
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