Posted 9 months ago on Oct. 16, 2013, 5:54 a.m. EST by bensdad
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A Russian appeals court has upheld opposition leader Alexei Navalny's conviction for embezzlement, but suspended his jail sentence, allowing him to go free.
However, his conviction is likely to prevent him running in the next presidential election.
Navalny was sentenced to five years in July but released pending the appeal.
He has always denied the charges, which relate to his time as an adviser to the governor of the Kirov region.
His conviction bars him from running for elected office. Navalny has said in the past he would like to stand for president.
But it appears his five-year sentence would rule him out of running for the next presidential election, due to take place in spring 2018.