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Aleksei Navalny was detained on his way to a rally in Moscow.

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-- Kremlin opponent Aleksei Navalny has been detained by police while trying to reach an unsanctioned rally in Moscow against his December 30 conviction in a fraud case. He was trying to reach the protest near the Kremlin despite being under house arrest.

-- Russian riot police have deployed in Moscow's Manezh Square, near the Kremlin, where thousands of demonstrators at an unsanctioned rally are protesting a court ruling against Navalny.

-- A Russian court found Navalny and his brother Oleg guilty. Oleg will get 3 1/2 years in a prison colony while Aleksei has been given a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence.

-- Speaking after the verdict, Navalny called on Russians to take to the streets. He said the state had taken to "torture" of family members. Other activists have compared the sentence of his brother to "hostage-taking."

-- Prosecutors claimed Navalny and his brother stole about 31 million rubles ($520,000) from the Russian affiliate of Yves Rocher, a French cosmetics firm. They were both also fined 500,000 rubles ($8,500) each and ordered to pay 4.4 million rubles ($70,000) in compensation to one of the companies they were charged with defrauding.

-- The verdict was originally scheduled for January 15, but in a surprise move authorities moved the date to December 30. Some suspect the change of timing is to distract from a protest being organized on January 15. The official holiday season begins on January 1 in Russia.

NOTE: Times according to Moscow time.

08:00 30.12.2014

08:07 30.12.2014

Pussy Riot (the members who don't wear masks anymore and are now famous anyway) released a new video in advance of the verdict in Navalny's support. The video, titled, "Clean Manezh [square]," encourages Russians to demonstrate in Manezh Square tonight.

08:46 30.12.2014

Navalny still waiting outside courtroom. "For now only [state-run] First Channel can get in."

08:55 30.12.2014

Mostly Navalny supporters outside the Moscow courthouse, but there are a handful of anti-opposition protesters who want him jailed today.

According to "Novaya Gazeta," one lone voice is shouting "Navalny is a thief" as the crowd answers back, "Putin's a thief."

09:02 30.12.2014

According to Darya Peshchikova of Echo Moskvy, 2 people have already been detained outside the court.

09:12 30.12.2014

09:24 30.12.2014

09:35 30.12.2014

Breaking: Guilty. Aleksei Navalny gets 3.5 suspended sentence. Brother Oleg gets 3.5 years in prison.

09:36 30.12.2014

09:36 30.12.2014

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