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Russia protest leader Navalny placed under house arrest

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A Moscow court on Friday ordered Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest, satisfying a request from investigators probing an alleged embezzlement case.

Navalny, who last year was given a suspended five year sentence in a separate timber embezzlement case, faces charges in this case along with his brother Oleg of stealing and laundering a total of 51 million rubles ($1.4 million) from cosmetics company Yves Rocher and a Russian firm.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140228/russia-protest-leader-navalny-placed-under-house-arrest