Navalny ally says EU sanctions sends 'clear message'

Navalny chief of staff Leonid Volkov had travelled to Brussels to lobby foreign ministers gathering on Monday morning and met with some of them on Sunday.

"Maybe this will contribute, at least, a small crack, to a small split within the regime when people start to feel that being close to Putin is not as safe and pretty anymore as it used to be," Volkov said.

Ministers reached political agreement on the sanctions after France, Germany, Poland, and the Baltics urged the 27-member bloc to send a message to President Vladimir Putin that debate and protest must be allowed in Russia.

Volkov promised that protests against the jailing would continue, promising a mass peaceful protest in the spring.