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Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov noted that West's 'hysteria' over opposition leader Alexey Navalny's arrest is off the charts, TASS reported.

His remarks came at a joint press conference following talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

A Moscow court sent Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to prison for nearly three years, prompting protests all over the country.

The Russian police have been detaining the protesters.

The FM noted that in Germany, France, the US, and other Western countries, demonstrators face fines and several years in prison for blocking roads and hindering the normal functioning of public transport. 

Lavrov said he had sent the footage to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the harsh measures taken by the European police when dispersing unauthorized protests.

Alexey Navalny was detained two weeks ago upon his return to Moscow from Berlin, where he spent several months recovering from poisoning -an attack he blames on Russian security services and on Russian president Vladimir Putin himself.

The court ruled that while Navalny was in Germany, he violated probation terms from a 2014 case in which he had received a suspended sentence of 3,5 years. 

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