Moscow police squash opposition protest over Navalny verdict

More than 1,000 people gathered in the freezing cold at Moscow’s Manezh Square Tuesday night to protest a guilty verdict issued earlier in the day in an embezzlement case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg. Both brothers received 3.5-year sentences for what Kremlin critics are calling sham convictions. Alex Navalny was placed on house arrest, though, which he broke to attend the protest Tuesday night. Moscow police arrested Navalny and more than 100 other demonstrators and squashed the demonstration.


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