Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured here at Moscow's courthouse in May, was released from custody on Thursday. He said on Instagram that the prison where he was held for a month has been decked out for World Cup fans.
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Vladimir Putin speaks with his hand on the Constitution during his inauguration ceremony as new Russia's president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, on Monday.
Alexei Navalny takes a selfie with his supporters during a rally last month calling for a boycott of the presidential election in March, which he has been banned from running in.
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, heads to a meeting of the Russia's Central Election commission in December. Officials formally barred him Alexei Navalny from running for president in the March 18 election, which he says is a predetermined sham.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a meeting with his supporters in Moscow on Sunday. Navalny, seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a fighting chance of challenging strongman Vladimir Putin, was seeking to get his name on the ballot for a March vote, but on Monday an election commission voted to bar him from the election.
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Alexei Navalny's YouTube show attracts a million views per episode. The Putin critic offers breezy commentary on the week's events, fields questions from his Twitter feed and heaps scorn on the Kremlin.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg Navalny (right) appear at Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Tuesday for the announcement of a verdict in the Yves Rocher fraud case. Alexei Navalny was given a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence. His brother was sent to prison for the same period. Alexei Navalny was detained later Tuesday after breaking his house arrest.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife, Yulia, look at a mobile phone Thursday during his trial in Kirov, Russia. A Russian judge found Navalny guilty of embezzlement.