Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Convicted of Embezzlement

December 30, 2014 9:04 AM

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MOSCOW — A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on Tuesday for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against President Vladimir Putin three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets of Russia to protest against corruption.

The Navalny brothers were accused of stealing 30 million rubles, around $500,000 at the current exchange rate, from two firms including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher between 2008 and 2012. Tuesday's ruling will come as a relief for Navalny's supporters after prosecutors as...

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