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Russia Breaking News: Russian Opposition Leader Freed in Surprise Move

Wochit 1:13 mins

A court's abrupt decision to release Russia's most charismatic opposition leader less than a day after handing him a five-year prison sentence appears to reflect confusion in President Vladimir Putin's inner circle about how to deal with its No. 1 foe. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin is unaware of any plans by fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to seek Russian citizenship. Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, is holed up at a Moscow airport. A Russian lawyer who helped him file an application for temporary asylum in Russia this week said Snowden had not ruled out seeking citizenship. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny was jailed for five years after being found guilty of embezzlement following a trial he claimed was politically motivated.The 37-year-old lawyer turned anti-corruption blogger was found guilty of stealing about $480,000 from state-owned timber company Kirovles.

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