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US State Department: Jailing of Navalny 'disturbing'

The US State Department has said that the sentencing and jailing of Navalny brothers in Russia is 'a disturbing development designed to punish and deter political activism'.

Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, 38, centre, walks to attend a rally in Manezhnaya Square in Moscow. Credit: AP Photo/Anton Belitski


Vladimir Putin sends condolences to Total CEO

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to the family of Christophe de Margarie, who died in a plane crash late last night in an airport in Moscow.

The chief executive of French oil giant Total regularly travelled to Russia, and recently dined in Paris with an ally of President Putin, who is under EU sanctions. Mr Putin's spokesman said:

Vladimir Putin had known de Margerie for a long time and had maintained close working contact with him.

The president highly valued the business qualities of de Margerie, as well as his staunch commitment both to the cause of promoting Russian-French relations and their mutually beneficial diverse co-operation in general.

– Dmitry Peskov

French President Francois Hollande expressed his "stupor and sadness" at the news.

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