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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (L) is handcuffed and escorted by Interior Ministry officers inside a courtroom in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kommersant Photo

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (C, back) stands inside a courtroom in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (R) embraces his wife Yulia after the announcement of a verdict inside a court building in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013. Navalny was found guilty of theft on Thursday at a trial he says is politically motivated because of his opposition to President Vladimir Putin. Prosecutors have asked the court to jail Navalny for six years. The judge was expected to hand down a sentence later on Thursday at the trial in the industrial city of Kirov, 900 km (550 miles)northeast...

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (3rd R) stands inside a courtroom after the announcement of a verdict, with Pyotr Ofitserov (L, front), Navalny's co-defendant embracing his wife in the foreground, in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (2nd L) smiles during a court hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (C) attends a court hearing trial in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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A banner, illustrating an image of Russia's President Vladimir Putin and reading "Putin is afraid of Navalny" is seen at a street in Kirov, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Policemen detain a man during a protest against the verdict of a court in Kirov, which sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

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A man, holding a leaflet illustrating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, looks out from a police bus after being detained during a protest against the verdict of a court in Kirov, which sentenced Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

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A riot policeman attempts to detain a man during a protest in St. Petersburg, against a court verdict in Kirov sentencing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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People protest in St. Petersburg, against a court verdict in Kirov sentencing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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Riot police block people who gather to protest against the verdict of a court in Kirov, which sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

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