Russian Dissident Released On Bail!

RUSSIA-POLITICS-CRIME-RIGHTS-OPPOSITIONAfter being sentenced to a five year prison term yesterday on trumped up charges of embezzlement, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released on bail today. Even though his next hearing is in just six weeks, when he could be taken directly into custody to serve his sentence, this move by the presiding judge to release him for now seems quite the turnaround and quite contrary to Putin’s record of how the Kremlin treats dissidents.

This unexpected turn of events leaves us with many questions, but Max Smith at The Post helps us find some of the answers in a good op-ed.

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Oppostion Leader in Russia Convicted of Trumped Up Charges

19navalny-articleLargeAleksei A. Navalny, an opposition anti-corruption blogger and leader of street protests running for Mayor of Moscow, was tried on trumped up embezzlement charges today receiving a five year sentence and $15,000 fine. Both the EU and the United States have criticized the verdict harshly.

This case, along with recent others, have shown that in Russia, with Vladimir Putin’s “soft”-dictatorship active, that the legal system may be used to silence  popular opposition leaders there.

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