Russia: Russian opposition leader’s extended probation clouds plans

August 4, 2017

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. A Russian court has extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year, which should bar him from running for office at least until 2021. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

A Russian court extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year Friday, a sentence that should bar him from running for office until at least 2021.

Navalny, who rose to prominence with his investigations of official corruption, spearheaded a series of anti-corruption protests across Russia this year, the most wide-spread in decades.

He wants to run for president of Russia next year and has been signing up campaign volunteers even though he technically is ineligible as a candidate. He says banning him from office is illegal and he’s campaigning to put pressure on authorities.

A lawyer by training, Navalny was convicted of fraud in 2013 and 2014 after trials that supporters characterized as politically motivated.

He was given a 5-year suspended prison sentence along with 1½ years’ probation this year after a retrial of one of the cases.

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/russian-opposition-leader-extended-probation-clouds-plans-article-1.3383994

http://expressnewsline.com/2017/08/04/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-calls-prosecution-a.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/putin-critic-alexei-navalny-thinks-theres-a-5050-chance-hell-be-killed/

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/navalny-fined-5000-over-political-fliers-58580

https://www.ft.com/content/c4e106a0-72bb-11e7-93ff-99f383b09ff9

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