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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny loses appeal over jail term

A Russian court has upheld a 20-day jail term for opposition leader Alexei Navalny while police have searched his Moscow headquarters ahead of planned protests.

Mr Navalny was handed the sentence on Monday for calling for last week's unsanctioned protest in Nizhny Novgorod.

He appealed against the verdict to the Moscow City Court, which upheld it on Friday.

Mr Navalny has declared his intention to run for president in the March 2018 election, even though a criminal conviction he calls politically motivated bars him from running.

The 41-year old anti-corruption crusader has organised several waves of protests this year, and another series of such demonstrations is set in nearly 80 Russian cities for Saturday, when President Vladimir Putin turns 65

Mr Putin has not yet declared his intention to seek re-election, but he is widely expected to run.

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