Russian court jails Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, West demands his release

By Maria Tsvetkova and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday in a ruling which the opposition politician blamed on what he called President Vladimir Putin’s hatred and fear of him. The Moscow court handed Navalny a three-and-a-half-year sentence but his lawyer said the anti-corruption blogger would serve only two years and eight months in jail because of time he has already spent under house arrest. The widely anticipated ruling, which followed nationwide protests calling for Navalny’s release, is likely to further strain relations wit…

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