Russian court sentences Navalny to five years in prison

A court in Russia's northern Kirov region on Thursday sentenced protest leader Alexei Navalny to five years in a penal colony after finding him guilty of embezzlement in a timber deal.

"Navalny... committed a grave crime," said judge Sergei Blinov as he delivered the sentence. Navalny hugged his wife and mother and was then handcuffed by court bailiffs who led him away, an AFP correspondent in court reported.