Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was given a suspended sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison earlier on Tuesday in a criminal case dealing with embezzlement from the French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher, has said on Twitter that he is heading for Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, where his supporters reportedly planned to gather on Tuesday evening.
"House arrest is one thing, but I really like to be with you today, and that's why I'm going," says a post on Navalny's Twitter account being maintained by his supporters. The post also contains Navalny's selfie in a metro carriage.
Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmysh told Interfax she could not immediately contact Navalny, saying at the same time that "the photo posted on Twitter was made today."
Navalny was earlier placed under house arrest until the Zamoskvoretsky District Court's ruling takes legal effect. Hence, if it is true that Navalny is heading for Manezhnaya Square, this means he has broken the house arrest terms.
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