Russian protest leader Navalny could face six years' jail

July 5, 2013 8:57 AM

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Russian protest leader Navalny could face six years' jail

KIROV, Russia (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors demanded a six-year jail sentence for protest leader Alexei Navalny on theft charges on Friday at a trial that he says is intended to sideline him as a rival to President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutor Sergei Bogdanov did not seek the maximum 10-year sentence, but a six-year term would keep the anti-corruption campaigner in jail until after the next presidential election scheduled in 2018.

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