Russian court convicts protest leader Navalny of embezzlement

A court in Russia's northern Kirov region on Thursday convicted protest leader Alexei Navalny of embezzlement in a case that could see President Vladimir Putin's top foe jailed for several years.

Judge Sergei Blinov said he found Navalny guilty of colluding to steal money in a timber deal while acting as an unpaid advisor to the local government. Sentencing is expected to be announced later in the day.