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    Russian opposition leader Navalny avoids jail

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    A Russian court has upheld the theft conviction against opposition leader Alexei Navalny but suspended his five-year prison sentence, meaning the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin will not be jailed.
    Navalny was convicted in July of organising the theft of 16 million roubles ($500,000) from a timber firm in 2009. He had appealed the verdict and sentence, contending the case against him was bogus and politically motivated.
    Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Moscow.