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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny freed on bail

19 July 2013 Last updated at 14:20 BST

Alexei Navalny has been freed from jail pending an appeal, a day after being sentenced to five years for embezzlement.

Thousands of Russians had protested against his conviction, saying it was politically motivated.

Navalny is a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Daniel Sandford in Moscow said that Navalny may still be in prison before he can run in the Moscow mayoral elections.