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Alexei Navalny Putin foe handed 5-year suspended sentence

The judge at a court in the provincial city of Kirov found Navalny guilty of embezzlement.

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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny leaves a detention centre in Moscow on March 6, 2015 play

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny leaves a detention centre in Moscow on March 6, 2015

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A Russian court on Wednesday handed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a five-year suspended sentence that could end his bid to challenge President Vladimir Putin in 2018 polls.

The judge at a court in the provincial city of Kirov found Navalny guilty of embezzlement, giving him a five-year suspended sentence and his co-defendant a four-year suspended sentence in a retrial that repeated the outcome of a 2013 trial.

Each was also fined 500,000 rubles ($8,500).

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