Putin foe Alexei Navalny avoids jail but decries Kremlin for punishing his brother

By Karoun Demirijian, December 30, 2014

MOSCOW — President Vladi­mir Putin’s foremost opponent defiantly challenged the Kremlin on Tuesday evening, hours after a court ruling that seemed cunningly designed to keep him in check.A judge had sentenced the brother of Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and a scourge of Putin’s since 2011, to 31/2 years in prison while ordering Navalny himself to remain under house arrest.Read full article >>