Putin opponent Alexei Navalny given nine-year jail term by Russian court

Alexei Navalny was detained for 30 days for starting the protest in Moscow.
Social media has been used to organise protests in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been convicted of fraud and contempt of court and sentenced to nine years in a maximum security prison.

A Russian judge also ruled that Navalny would have to pay a fine of 1.2 million roubles (about £8,600).

Navalny is currently serving another prison sentence of two and a half years in a prison colony east of Moscow.

His associates have said the new trial was intended to keep Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s long-time foe, behind bars for as long as possible.

Navalny has rejected the charges as bogus.

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