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Court Ruling Offers Hope For Navalny News Agency

A Moscow court has handed Kremlin foe Aleksei Navalny a rare victory.

The Lyublino District Court ruled on October 28 that Russia's media regulator must re-examine Navalny's application for the registration of a media outlet he wants to establish.

The regulator, Roskomnadzor, refused to register "The Information Agency of Aleksei Navalny" after he filed the application in June.

Navalny has said that decision was groundless.

Navalny, an anticorruption blogger and a leader of antigovernment protests in 2011-2012, is currently serving a five-year suspended sentence on a $500,000 theft conviction.

He and his brother are being tried on charges of stealing some $750,000 from a cosmetics company and laundering the money.

Navalny denies wrongdoing and says the cases against him are politically motivated revenge for his opposition activities.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax