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Alexei Navalny

  • Born in 1976 outside Moscow
  • Studied law at Moscow's Peoples' Friendship University
  • Blogged about Russian politics
  • Spearheaded legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in Russian giants including Gazprom
  • Became a Yale World Fellow in 2010
  • Arrested and briefly detained in 2011 following a protest
  • Registered in 2013 to run for Moscow mayor
  • Convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison in July 2013
  • Court suspends his prison sentence in October 2013
  • Arrested in February 2014 at an unauthorized protest, placed under house arrest
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