Russia opposition leader Navalny returns to Moscow

Top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday returned to Moscow to a hero's welcome after his unexpected release from a provincial jail pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges.

Navalny and his wife Yulia stepped off an overnight train from the northeastern city of Kirov, where he was tried and convicted, to a cheering crowd of supporters shouting his name and clutching flowers, an AFP correspondent reported.