Alexei Navalny

Russian court frees Kremlin critic Navalny on bail ...epa03792797 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny (C) talks to the media after he was freed by Regional court of Kirov region after a protest of prosecutor's office in Kirov, Russia, 19 July 2013. A Russian court overturned the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny 19 and his business partner Pyotr Ofitserov 19 July. The ruling does not overturn the prison sentences for the men, who were convicted on embezzlement charges by a Kirov district court on 18 July. The Kirov regional court argued that Navalny's immediate arrest made it impossible for him to participate in the September 8 Moscow mayoral election. Both Navalny and Ofitserov can return to Moscow on condition they not leave the city.  EPA/VALENTINA SVISTUNOVA

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Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny talks to the media after he was freed by a Kirov court on Friday. The court order does not overturn the prison sentences for Navalny and his co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov, who were convicted on embezzlement charges on Thursday. The Kirov regional court argued that Navalny’s arrest made it impossible for him to participate in the September Moscow mayoral election. Both Navalny and Ofitserov can return to Moscow on condition they not leave the city. Read more