Russian opposition leader appeal set for October 9
AFPMOSCOW -- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Friday that the appeal hearing on his embezzlement conviction has been set for Oct. 9, with the Kremlin critic risking a five-year jail term if the guilty verdict is upheld.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
“The hearing of my appeal ... is set for Oct. 9,” Navalny wrote on Twitter.
Navalny, whose strong showing in Moscow mayoral polls earlier this month proved his credentials as the leader of Russia's opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of embezzlement in July but then unexpectedly freed pending an appeal.
The charismatic 37-year-old lawyer led a well-organized campaign as a candidate for Moscow mayor, winning a surprisingly high 27 percent of the September 8 vote against Kremlin-backed incumbent Sergei Sobyanin.