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Russia’s Jailing of Putin Foe Navalny Draws U.S., European Ire

  • Defiant opposition leader brands Putin ‘Underpants Poisoner’
  • U.S., European leaders condemn imprisonment of Navalny
Alexey Navalny speaks to a lawyer in Moscow City Court on Feb. 2.
Alexey Navalny speaks to a lawyer in Moscow City Court on Feb. 2.Photographer: Moscow City Court via AP Photo
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Russia imprisoned opposition leader Alexey Navalny for two years and eight months, drawing condemnation from Western leaders as President Vladimir Putin seeks to crush a resurgence in protests against his rule.

A Moscow court converted a suspended sentence that Navalny, 44, received for a 2014 fraud conviction into a prison term for alleged violations of his probation. His 3 1/2-year sentence will be reduced by the 10 months he spent under house arrest in the case, the judge ruled Tuesday.