Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny found guilty of embezzlement
Feb.8, Moscow: Main opposition leader of Russia, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin.
Navalny, 40, was convicted in a retrial after the European Court of Human Rights ruled the first trial to be unfair.
An outspoken critic of President Putin, Mr Navalny has denied the accusations, saying the case is politically motivated.
Navalny is known for his anti-corruption campaign, which targeted senior officials close to the Kremlin. He says the case against him is an effort to keep him out of politics.
According to reports, he had recently stepped up his political activity after announcing plans last year to run for the presidency in 2018. Mr Putin is allowed by the constitution to run for a second consecutive six-year term, but he has not said yet if he plans to do so.
The Oslo Times International News Network