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Russian Court overturned sentence against oppositionist Navalny

Russian Court overturned sentence against oppositionist NavalnySupporters of opposition leader hope he might be eligible to run in the next Russian presidential election.

Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday annuled a lower court's decision to hand Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended five year sentence.

A lower court had found Navalny and an associate guilty of embezzling funds from a timber firm in the Kirov region and in 2013 sentenced him to five years in prison, a sentence that was later suspended on appeal.

Navalny claimed the original ruling was politically-motivated and made to prevent him from running for presidential post in 2018.
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