Russian authorities paint over Navalny mural

The mural in President Vladimir Putin's hometown showed a smiling Navalny making a heart shape with his hands next to the slogan "A hero of a new time."

"It wasn't here yesterday, looks like it appeared at night or early in the morning," said local resident Marina.

Police arrived at the scene at 9 a.m. local time and workers arrived to start painting over it with yellow paint within around 90 minutes. It was unclear who painted the mural.

"Painting bad things on walls is bad, painting good things is good and useful for drawing public attention," said another St Petersburg resident about the mural.

Navalny, Putin's most outspoken domestic opponent, is serving a 2-1/2 year jail sentence for parole violations on an earlier conviction that he says was politically motivated.