Russia far-left opposition leader leaves jail

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Russian far-left movement leader Sergei Odaltsov said Wednesday that he had been released from prison after being detained for a month.

"A historic event has happened. I have been freed," he said, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

Odaltsov, who heads the Left Front, was arrested on 4 December during a banned demonstration against controversial legislations pushed through that day by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party.

He was sentenced to 15 days in prison on that occasion. However, on December 25, he was slapped with another jail term of 10 days for not having served the full period of an October sentence.

During his most recent time in jail, he was hospitalised on several occasions for going on hunger strikes.

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