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Russian court gives Navalny suspended term on appeal

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday avoided being sent to jail after a Russian court changed a five-year penal colony sentence against him in an embezzlement case into a suspended term. The three judges hearing the appeal in the Kirov region of northern Russia left Navalny's conviction in place but said they had decided to "change the verdict for Alexei Navalny into a suspended term".

Russian opposition politician risks jail in key hearing

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Wednesday faces a crucial court hearing that could halt his soaring political career or even see him led away for up to five years in a penal colony. The charismatic 37-year-old lawyer won 27 percent in Moscow mayoral polls last month, a surprisingly strong result that put him in second place behind pro-Kremlin incumbent Sergei Sobyanin. His populist campaign played on anti-migrant moods and weariness with widespread corruption under President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow scrambles to calm tensions after anti-migrant riot

The Moscow authorities on Monday scrambled to calm intercommunal tensions after the Russian capital was rocked by some of its worst ethnically-fuelled rioting in years, sparked by the killing of a Russian allegedly by a Muslim migrant from the Caucasus. Seeking to avert further protests, Moscow police detained 1,200 people in a raid on migrants as officials vowed to crack down on vegetable wholesale markets in the capital which employ hundreds illegally.

Russian court says Moscow mayoral poll result stands

A Russian court on Friday rejected an application by protest leader Alexei Navalny to cancel the results of Moscow mayoral polls after he challenged the Kremlin-backed incumbent and lost. Navalny filed a lawsuit demanding that the results be ruled illegal after pro-Kremlin Sergei Sobyanin candidate narrowly avoided a run-off with 51.3 percent. He was sworn in just four days later.

Appeal for Russian opposition leader Navalny set for Oct 9

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Friday that the appeal hearing on his embezzlement conviction has been set for October 9, with the Kremlin critic risking a five-year jail term if the guilty verdict is upheld. "The hearing of my appeal... is set for October 9," Navalny wrote on Twitter. Navalny, whose strong showing in Moscow mayoral polls earlier this month proved his credentials as the leader of Russia's opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of embezzlement in July but then unexpectedly freed pending an appeal.

Pro-Kremlin lawmaker sparks racism row with 'Obama banana' image

A pro-Kremlin lawmaker and former Olympic gold medallist faced a racism row Saturday after she posted a photo-collage of President Barack Obama juxtaposed with a banana on Twitter. Irina Rodnina posted on Twitter a photomontage that purports to show Obama and his wife gazing at a hand in the foreground holding up a banana. The image evoked the brandishing of bananas at black players by some football fans, a crude racist slur still seen at some matches in Russia.

Putin ally sworn in as Moscow mayor amid opposition protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin's ally on Thursday was sworn in as city chief despite claims of foul play in polls from his anti-Kremlin rival Alexei Navalny who sent a car-load of complaints to court. Sergei Sobyanin, a Kremlin ally who barely avoided a run-off in Sunday's closer-than-expected vote, was inaugurated for a new term during a pompous ceremony attended by Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.

Navalny files mass complaints over Moscow poll

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday sent a car-load of complaints to court contesting the results of Moscow's mayoral election, as President Vladimir Putin was due to attend the inauguration of his ally as city chief. Incumbent mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Kremlin ally who barely avoided a run-off in Sunday's closer-than-expected vote, is due to be sworn in for a new term Thursday evening in front of hundreds of guests led by Putin.

Navalny files mass complaints over Moscow poll

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday sent a car-load of complaints to court contesting the results of Moscow's mayor elections, as President Vladimir Putin was due to attend the inauguration of his ally as city supremo. Incumbent mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who barely avoided a run-off in Sunday's closer-than-expected Moscow mayoral polls, will be sworn in during a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests led by Putin on Thursday evening, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Moscow mayor to be sworn in, Navalny files mass complaints

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend the inauguration Thursday of a close ally as Moscow mayor, despite claims of foul play in weekend polls from his anti-Kremlin rival who plans to send a truck-load of complaints to court. Incumbent mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who barely avoided a run-off in Sunday's closer-than-expected Moscow mayoral polls, will be sworn in during a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests led by Putin on Thursday evening, a Kremlin spokesman said.
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