The anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was released from custody Friday, a day after his conviction and sentencing, and hours after protests by his supporters had broken out in Moscow and a half dozen other cities.
July 19, 2013 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks through a glass-walled cage during a court session in Kirov, Russia. Navalny was released from custody Friday after prosecutors told the judge that the opposition activist should be free to “work” with voters before the Moscow mayoral election in September. A close associate said Navalny would most likely withdraw from the race if sent to prison. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters Buy Photo