Protests broke out in Moscow on Tuesday night, as hundreds gathered in front of the Kremlin in opposition to the sentencing of a critic of President Vladimir Putin.
Police moved to disperse those protesters, apparently arresting some. The demonstrations followed a Russian court offering a suspended sentence earlier Tuesday to anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny after he was found guilty of embezzling money, and jailing his brother, Oleg, for 3 ½ years, who was also convicted of the same charge. The case has been portrayed by critics of Moscow as part of a campaign to stifle dissent.
The Russian ruble did not move much against the U.S. dollar after Tuesday's protests began.
The U.S. State Department called the sentencing and jailing of the Navalny brothers "a disturbing development designed to punish and deter political activism."
Police dispersed the protest after two hours, detaining more than 100 people.