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Russian court convicts protest leader Navalny of embezzlement

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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.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130718/russian-court-convicts-protest-leader-navalny-embezzlement