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Russia: Political activist Aleksei Navalny must be released after ‘parody’ trial

Headline Title:  Russia: Release Aleksei Navalny after ‘parody’ trial 18 July 2013 Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of the popular opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, who was sentenced today to five years in a Russian prison colony for embezzlement.“From the start there were clear indications that the criminal prosecution of Aleksei Navalny was politically motivated and based on highly questionable charges of embezzlement,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International. “This was not a fair trial, the charges didn’t…

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