U.S. 'deeply disappointed' at Russian opposition leader conviction

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:15pm EDT

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny walks into a courtroom to attend a hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny walks into a courtroom to attend a hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman said on Thursday the United States is "deeply disappointed and concerned" at the conviction of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Russia to allow an appeal and cease pressure on anti-corruption activists.

"Navalny's harsh prison sentence is the latest example of a disturbing trend aimed at suppressing dissent in civil society in Russia," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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