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Russian protest leader Navalny sentenced to five years in jail

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013. Navalny was found guilty of theft on Thursday at a tr
Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Kirov, July 18, 2013. Navalny was found guilty of theft on Thursday at a tr

KIROV, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian judge sentenced protest leader Alexei Navalny to five years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of large-scale theft in a trial Navalny said was politically motivated.

Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's biggest critics, was led away from court by law enforcement officers after the judge pronounced the sentence in the industrial city of Kirov. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year sentence.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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