Moscow, Feb. 8, (dpa/GNA) - Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was convicted of embezzlement on Wednesday in a verdict
that will likely prevent him from running for president next year.
Navalny, who announced his presidential campaign just two months ago to challenge longtime leader Vladimir Putin, was found guilty of embezzlement from the state-owned lumber company Kirovles.
Navalny, 40, has denounced the charges as politically motivated. Authorities have accused him of committing the crime while serving as an adviser to a governor of Russia's central Kirov region.
Navalny was previously convicted in the Kirovles case in 2013. However, the European Court of Human Rights excoriated the proceedings as unfair, and Russia's Supreme Court ordered a retrial.