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20 Feb 2021

Alexei Navalny loses appeal against labour camp sentence

News Correspondent

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has lost an appeal against his prison sentence – despite an impassioned appeal in a Moscow court.

The judge shaved just six weeks from his original sentence – meaning Mr Navalny is likely to spend two and a half years in a labour camp.

Before the verdict – he urged Russians to stand up to the Kremlin – declaring “to live is to risk it all”.  He was also convicted in a separate defamation case today.