Russian court upholds suspended sentence for Kremlin critic Navalny: Ifax

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Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:15 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday confirmed a suspended three-and-a-half-year sentence for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Interfax reported, during an appeal in a theft case that the opposition blogger has called politically motivated.

Navalny, who led protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-12, and his brother Oleg were convicted last year of stealing 30 million rubles - nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate - from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.

($1 = 62.8550 rubles)

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Alexander Winning)