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Russian political activist sentenced to five years in penal colony in ‘parody’ trial

Headline Title:  Russian political activist sentenced in ‘parody’ trial 18 July 2013 Aleksei Navalny, a popular informal opposition leader, was sentenced today to five years in a Russian prison colony after a politically motivated trial on highly questionable charges of embezzlement, Amnesty International said.His alleged accomplice and co-defendant, businessman Petr Ofitserov, received a four-year sentence.The organization calls for their immediate release. Any retrial must be on charges consistent with the economic facts of the case in proceedings that provide for the proper scrutiny…

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