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Putin critic Navalny likely barred from Russian presidential race

By Reuters
08 February 2017   |   7:44 am
A court has found a prominent anti-corruption campaigner and Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, guilty of embezzlement, now apparently blocked from campaigning in next year's presidential election.

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