Police detain opposition leader Alexei Navalny outside a courthouse in Moscow
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Police detain opposition leader Alexei Navalny outside a courthouse in Moscow February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
updated 2/28/2014 5:08:35 AM ET 2014-02-28T10:08:35

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday placed opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for at least two months and barred him from using the Internet or speaking to the media.

Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a leader of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-2012, denounced the ruling as baseless and said it was meant to silence him.

(Reporting by Ian Bateson; Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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