Putin foe Navalny guilty of fraud

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Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is a leading foe of Russian president Vladimir Putin, has been found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence of three-and-a-half years.

The verdict was to have been announced next month, but the court session was abruptly moved forward to today, leading to speculation that authorities wanted to impede possible protests if he is convicted.

The verdict comes as Russians are preparing for New Year’s and Orthodox Christmas.

Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted of defrauding a cosmetics company. Oleg Navalny was also convicted today and sentenced to the same prison term, but his was not suspended.

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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