On December 30 of last year, prominent Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted by a Russian court of embezzlement in a trial that was widely viewed as trumped up

Prosecutors said they stole 30 million rubles (about $432,000) from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, between 2008 and 2012.

It didn’t matter that Yves Rocher said that no crime was committed.

The court handed down a suspended sentence to Alexei while dealing a 3-and-a-half-year prison term to Oleg, the father of two small children. Read more…

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