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Navalny Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

A court in the Russian city of Kirov has sentenced opposition activist Aleksei Navalny to five years in prison on embezzlement charges that he said were politically motivated. Navalny and co-defendant Pytor Ofitserov were charged with stealing and illegally selling $500,000 of lumber from the Kirovles timber company in 2009. Ofitserov was given a four-year sentence.

Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny reacts as the judge reads his sentence.
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Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny reacts as the judge reads his sentence.

Judge Sergei Blinov reads the verdict during the hearing in Kirov.
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Judge Sergei Blinov reads the verdict during the hearing in Kirov.

Aleksei Navalny hugs his wife, Yulia, after being sentenced to five years in prison.
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Aleksei Navalny hugs his wife, Yulia, after being sentenced to five years in prison.

Pyotr Ofitserov (left), Navalny's co-defendant, embraces his wife after the announcement of the verdict in Kirov.
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Pyotr Ofitserov (left), Navalny's co-defendant, embraces his wife after the announcement of the verdict in Kirov.

A policeman puts handcuffs on protest leader Aleksei Navalny inside the courtroom in Kirov.
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A policeman puts handcuffs on protest leader Aleksei Navalny inside the courtroom in Kirov.

Aleksei Navalny hugs his mother, Lyudmila, before leaving the courtroom in Kirov.
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Aleksei Navalny hugs his mother, Lyudmila, before leaving the courtroom in Kirov.

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Yulia Navalnaya leaves the courtroom in Kirov.
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Yulia Navalnaya leaves the courtroom in Kirov.

Aleksei Navalny passes his watch and phone to his wife as he is led away in handcuffs.
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Aleksei Navalny passes his watch and phone to his wife as he is led away in handcuffs.

Aleksei Navalny leaves the courtroom.
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Aleksei Navalny leaves the courtroom.

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