[JURIST] Russian political activist and lawyer Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] was freed from jail on Friday, less than 24 hours after he was sentenced [JURIST report] to five years for embezzling 16 million rubles (USD $500,000). Navalny and his co-defendant, Petr Ofitserovon, were freed pending appeal on the condition that they not travel outside Moscow. Widespread protests erupted [BBC report] in several Russian cities after Navalny's guilty verdict was announced, which may have contributed to his release. Navalny first became...

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