February 8, 2017 / 2:00 PM / 8 months ago

Court hands Russian opposition leader Navalny 5-year suspended sentence

KIROV, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian court on Wednesday handed a five-year suspended sentence to prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny after finding him guilty of embezzlement, a move that will complicate his plans to run for president against Vladimir Putin in 2018.

Russian opposition figure and anti-graft campaigner Alexei Navalny talks on air at the Ekho Moskvy radio station in Moscow, Russia, December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files

Navalny said he would appeal against the sentence and would take part in the presidential race regardless.

“We don’t recognise this ruling. I have every right to take part in the election according to the constitution and I will do so,” said Navalny.

The court also fined Navalny 500,000 roubles ($8,442.37).

($1 = 59.2251 roubles)

Reporting by Alexander Reshetnikov; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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