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Russia's Navalny vows to fight on after being freed from jail


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Russia's Navalny vows to fight on after being freed from jail

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has vowed to continue his campaign for the seat of Moscow mayor.

He has returned to the capital to cheers and applause from supporters after being freed from jail.

On Thursday, Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, but then released the next morning – pending an appeal.

“We have a big and difficult electoral campaign in front of us, seven weeks of non-stop work, and this is just the beginning,” he told supporters in Moscow.

“They don’t have strength in the courtroom anymore, they don’t have power there anymore. The strength is here, and the power is here. We are the power!”

Navalny is a well-known figure in Russia’s opposition movement. But according to one recent, independent survey, he is only likely to gain around eight percent of the vote in the mayoral election.

The dramatic events of the past week could of course change all that.

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