Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight months

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight monthsFebruary 2, 2021

Court locks up Putin’s foe despite threat of protests and international condemnation

A Moscow court has sentenced Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in a prison colony in a landmark decision for Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on the country’s leading opposition figure.

Navalny, who has accused the Russian president and his allies of stealing billions, was sentenced to prison for violating parole from a 2014 sentence for embezzlement. He said the case against him was politically motivated.

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