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The trials of Alexei Navalny

Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny attends a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, August 2016. 


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Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny attends a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, August 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny attends a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, August 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, April 2015. 

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Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, April 2015. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, April 2015. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention center in Moscow, March 2015. Navalny walked out a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them. 

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Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention center in Moscow, March 2015. Navalny walked out a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them. REUTERS/Maxim...more

Alexei Navalny walks out of a detention center in Moscow, March 2015. Navalny walked out a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny looks out from a police car after attending a court hearing for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally in Moscow, February 2015.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Alexei Navalny looks out from a police car after attending a court hearing for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally in Moscow, February 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Alexei Navalny looks out from a police car after attending a court hearing for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally in Moscow, February 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally, February 2015.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally, February 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow for distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming opposition rally, February 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Alexei Navalny gets into a police car after he was detained while leaving a radio station in Moscow, January 2015. Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag. 

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Alexei Navalny gets into a police car after he was detained while leaving a radio station in Moscow, January 2015. Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Alexei Navalny gets into a police car after he was detained while leaving a radio station in Moscow, January 2015. Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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Alexei Navalny appeals to the judge as his wife Yulia comforts him hearing a court verdict in Moscow, December 2014. The court ruled to give Navalny a suspended sentence for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. 

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Alexei Navalny appeals to the judge as his wife Yulia comforts him hearing a court verdict in Moscow, December 2014. The court ruled to give Navalny a suspended sentence for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case...more

Alexei Navalny appeals to the judge as his wife Yulia comforts him hearing a court verdict in Moscow, December 2014. The court ruled to give Navalny a suspended sentence for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Alexei Navalny speaks to a police officer outside a courthouse in Moscow after police detained dozens of protesters where a judge was expected to sentence eight defendants convicted of attacking police at a 2012 demonstration against President Vladimir Putin, February 2014.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Alexei Navalny speaks to a police officer outside a courthouse in Moscow after police detained dozens of protesters where a judge was expected to sentence eight defendants convicted of attacking police at a 2012 demonstration against President...more

Alexei Navalny speaks to a police officer outside a courthouse in Moscow after police detained dozens of protesters where a judge was expected to sentence eight defendants convicted of attacking police at a 2012 demonstration against President Vladimir Putin, February 2014. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Alexei Navalny stands in his office during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, January 2014. Navalny criticized what he said was huge overspending on the Sochi Winter Olympics and accused Russian officials and businessmen of making big profits from the games. 

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Alexei Navalny stands in his office during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, January 2014. Navalny criticized what he said was huge overspending on the Sochi Winter Olympics and accused Russian officials and businessmen of making big profits from...more

Alexei Navalny stands in his office during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, January 2014. Navalny criticized what he said was huge overspending on the Sochi Winter Olympics and accused Russian officials and businessmen of making big profits from the games. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny attends an exhibition, part of the art project Drawing the Court, in Kirov, October 2013. 

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Alexei Navalny attends an exhibition, part of the art project Drawing the Court, in Kirov, October 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Alexei Navalny attends an exhibition, part of the art project Drawing the Court, in Kirov, October 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny, facing five years in prison if his appeal against a theft conviction is rejected, speaks during a court session in Kirov, October 16, 2013. 

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Alexei Navalny, facing five years in prison if his appeal against a theft conviction is rejected, speaks during a court session in Kirov, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Alexei Navalny, facing five years in prison if his appeal against a theft conviction is rejected, speaks during a court session in Kirov, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny addresses supporters during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. Navalny called on supporters to rally in protest against the results of a Moscow election which he says was rigged in favour of the Kremlin. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Alexei Navalny addresses supporters during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. Navalny called on supporters to rally in protest against the results of a Moscow election which he says was rigged in favour of the Kremlin. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Alexei Navalny addresses supporters during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. Navalny called on supporters to rally in protest against the results of a Moscow election which he says was rigged in favour of the Kremlin. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny, accompanied by his wife Yulia and children Dasha (R) and Zakhar, leaves his apartment to walk to vote in the Moscow mayoral election, September 2013.  

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Alexei Navalny, accompanied by his wife Yulia and children Dasha (R) and Zakhar, leaves his apartment to walk to vote in the Moscow mayoral election, September 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Alexei Navalny, accompanied by his wife Yulia and children Dasha (R) and Zakhar, leaves his apartment to walk to vote in the Moscow mayoral election, September 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Alexei Navalny, running as a candidate in the Moscow mayoral election, and his wife Yulia look on during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. 


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Alexei Navalny, running as a candidate in the Moscow mayoral election, and his wife Yulia look on during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Alexei Navalny, running as a candidate in the Moscow mayoral election, and his wife Yulia look on during a rally in Moscow, September 2013. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Alexei Navalny addresses supporters after arriving from Kirov, with his wife Yulia, at a railway station in Moscow, after Russia unexpectedly freed him on bail, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence, July  2013. . 

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Alexei Navalny addresses supporters after arriving from Kirov, with his wife Yulia, at a railway station in Moscow, after Russia unexpectedly freed him on bail, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence,...more

Alexei Navalny addresses supporters after arriving from Kirov, with his wife Yulia, at a railway station in Moscow, after Russia unexpectedly freed him on bail, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence, July 2013. . REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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An Interior Ministry officer removes handcuffs from Alexei Navalny during a court session in Kirov, July 2013.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An Interior Ministry officer removes handcuffs from Alexei Navalny during a court session in Kirov, July 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An Interior Ministry officer removes handcuffs from Alexei Navalny during a court session in Kirov, July 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A policeman beats a man who was detained inside a police bus during a protest against the verdict sentencing Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 2013. 

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A policeman beats a man who was detained inside a police bus during a protest against the verdict sentencing Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 2013. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A policeman beats a man who was detained inside a police bus during a protest against the verdict sentencing Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 2013. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Policemen detain Alexei Navalny after he visited the city's election commission office to submit documents to register as a mayoral election candidate in Moscow, July 2013. 

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Policemen detain Alexei Navalny after he visited the city's election commission office to submit documents to register as a mayoral election candidate in Moscow, July 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Policemen detain Alexei Navalny after he visited the city's election commission office to submit documents to register as a mayoral election candidate in Moscow, July 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Police detain opposition leader Alexey Navalny during an unauthorized rally in Moscow, December 2012. 

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Police detain opposition leader Alexey Navalny during an unauthorized rally in Moscow, December 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Police detain opposition leader Alexey Navalny during an unauthorized rally in Moscow, December 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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A journalist films the apartment of Alexei Navalny after it was searched by police in Moscow, June 2012. 

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A journalist films the apartment of Alexei Navalny after it was searched by police in Moscow, June 2012. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

A journalist films the apartment of Alexei Navalny after it was searched by police in Moscow, June 2012. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky
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Police guard an area outside a detention center in Moscow where Alexei Navalny is being held after being arrested at an opposition protest, December 2011.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Police guard an area outside a detention center in Moscow where Alexei Navalny is being held after being arrested at an opposition protest, December 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Police guard an area outside a detention center in Moscow where Alexei Navalny is being held after being arrested at an opposition protest, December 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
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Members of the Russian radical feminist group Pussy Riot stage a performance to support detained opposition activists on a roof near the detention center housing Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, December 2011.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Members of the Russian radical feminist group Pussy Riot stage a performance to support detained opposition activists on a roof near the detention center housing Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, December 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Members of the Russian radical feminist group Pussy Riot stage a performance to support detained opposition activists on a roof near the detention center housing Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, December 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
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Alexei Navalny looks out of the window of his cell in a detention center in Moscow, December 8, 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

Alexei Navalny looks out of the window of his cell in a detention center in Moscow, December 8, 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

Alexei Navalny looks out of the window of his cell in a detention center in Moscow, December 8, 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev
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Alexei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow, December 2011.  REUTERS/Anton Golubev

Alexei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow, December 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

Alexei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow, December 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev
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