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Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks after leaving the courtroom in Kirov on July 19, 2013. A Russian court on Friday unexpectedly freed protest leader Alexei Navalny pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges, after his jailing prompted thousands to take to the streets in protest. The judge in the northern city of Kirov ruled that keeping President Vladimir Putin's top opponent in custody would deprive him of his right to stand in mayoral elections in Moscow on September 8. AFP PHOTO/SERGEI BROVKO (Photo credit should read SERGEI BROVKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks after leaving the courtroom in Kirov on July 19, 2013. A Russian court on Friday unexpectedly freed protest leader Alexei Navalny pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges, after his jailing prompted thousands to take to the streets in protest. The judge in the northern city of Kirov ruled that keeping President Vladimir Putin's top opponent in custody would deprive him of his right to stand in mayoral elections in Moscow on September 8. AFP PHOTO/SERGEI BROVKO (Photo credit should read SERGEI BROVKO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail pending appeal of a five-year sentence.

Russian protest leader out of prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail pending appeal of a five-year sentence.