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Court Suspends Navalny Sentence

  • Aired: 1/16/2013
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks free. He was sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement in July but released pending the appeal. An appeals court on Wednesday upheld his conviction for theft but his sentence was suspended. He has always denied the charges, saying they were politically motivated. The conviction will prevent Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, from seeking office for years. He says he will appeal.

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