MOSCOW - Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that Time magazine’s move to name him among the world’s 100 most influential people may get him better treatment if he lands back in jail. A day after Time listed Navalny alongside US President Barack Obama, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, the 35-year-old wrote on his blog: “Cool.” “Now one can announce through a loudspeaker during protests: Dear policemen, your illegal actions sadden one of the world’s most influential people. If you do not stop, he will write about it on Twitter,” he wrote on the LiveJournal site.

Navalny, the only Russian on the list, quipped that the recognition by Time might get him a second mattress and a fork rather than just a spoon should he end up in prison again.

Navalny was jailed 15 days last year over his participation in a protest shortly after the December parliamentary elections.

Earlier in the day, his spokeswoman said he would rather not comment on the Time list.

“Alexei will not comment. He is very modest,” the spokeswoman Anna Veduta told AFP. “This is not his style.”

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is planning to move back into the Kremlin next month after winning March presidential polls, did not make the list this year. He was on it three times — in 2009, 2008 and 2004.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich known for close ties to Putin was on the list in 2005.

Observers say Putin’s decisive victory took much of the sting out of the protest movement which had managed to muster huge protests in the Russian capital over the past winter.

Navalny has over the past weeks tirelessly encouraged Russians to continue fighting for their rights.

“He has given a voice to millions of Russians whose calls for fair elections refute the Western pundits who often declare our people unsuited for democracy,” opposition activist and chess champion Garry Kasparov wrote about Navalny in Time.