Russia

Russian Activist Alexei Navalny Sentenced To Five Years in Jail

Found guilty of theft and embezzlement

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to five years in jail for theft and embezzlement.

Judge Sergei Blinov said the anti-corruption campaigner had defrauded a timber firm.

Navalny has always insisted the trial was politically motivated, due to his opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

Minutes before he was handcuffed and led away, he urged his supporters to continue his struggle, tweeting: "Don't sit around doing nothing."