Jailed Russian opposition leader laments he’ll miss Depeche Mode concert in Moscow

Alexey Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition leader planning to challenge President Vladimir Putin in next year’s election, was found guilty this week of repeatedly calling for unlawful protests — there were major anti-corruption demonstrations across Russia this weekend — and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to news reports.

His response? Before being led out of court Monday, Navalny tweeted: “30 days. Not only they robbed the whole country, but I’ll miss Depeche Mode concert in Moscow because of them.”

Depeche Mode’s months-long Global Spirit Tour, which reusmes Sunday in Zurich, Switzerland, will reach Moscow on July 15. It’s one of two concerts in Russia on the current tour, with another two concerts planned for the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Belarus.

 

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