Putin Foe Navalny Defies Arrest at Protests After Guilty Verdict

December 30, 2014 9:16 PM

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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained for breaking house arrest to join a protest in Moscow as President Vladimir Putin stares down opponents during the country’s worst economic crisis since 2009.

Navalny’s arrest yesterday came hours after a court handed him a suspended sentence and condemned his brother to 3 1/2 years in prison on fraud and money-laundering charges. Navalny described the verdict as an act of vengeance by the government.

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