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Alexei Navalny could face six years jail and 1 million rouble fine


Alexei Navalny could face six years jail and 1 million rouble fine

Six years jail and a one million roubles fine (23,000 euros), was the potential sentence tweeted by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the Kirov courtroom where he has been on trial.

On the controversial charge of embezzlement, Russian prosecutors have not demanded the full 10-year term.

Navalny has denied the accusations that he stole the equivalent of 385,000 euros from a timber company.

As one of the most prominent opponents to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny has claimed the case was conjured up to sideline him from politics. He is running for mayor of Moscow in September and recently announced his ambitions for the presidential office.

An anti-corruption activist, he was the man behind mass protests against Putin in December 2011. His high-profile trial has attracted sympathisers who protested in April against the re-opening of the case. If convicted, he could remain in jail after the next presidential election in 2018.

A verdict is expected on July 18.

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