Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Alexei Navalny sentenced: thousands expected to protest against ruling

(Guardian) Thousands of anti-government protesters were expected to gather in Moscow after a Russian court gave the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence but jailed his brother Oleg for three and a half years.

In a case which critics say was politically motivated, the judge on Tuesday handed Navalny – Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile opponent – a suspended three-and-a-half-year sentence. He had faced up to 10 years in jail. But in an unexpected move which stunned Russia’s opposition, the court sentenced Oleg Navalny to a term behind bars.

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