February 8, 2017 / 2:00 PM / 6 months ago

Court hands Russian opposition leader Navalny 5-year suspended sentence

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

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.

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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