A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of campaign to stifle dissent. Nathan Frandino reports.
Police are stepping up security in Moscow as they brace for protests after the sentencing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. A Russian court gave him a suspended sentence for embezzling money. His brother Oleg was sentenced to three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Alexei condemns his brother's sentence. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ALEXEI NAVALNY ADDRESSING JUDGE, SAYING: "I am ashamed of what you are doing. What are you putting him in jail for? What a disgusting act. All of this is being done in order to punish me even more." As he left the courthouse more anger: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ALEXEI NAVALNY, SAYING: "This power does not deserve to exist, it should be destroyed. I am calling today on everybody to take to the streets, I'm calling to take to the streets until the power which tortures innocent people is not removed." The state prosecutor defends the ruling. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STATE PROSECUTOR NADEZHDA IGNATOVA, SAYING: "As was pronounced in the sentence, the court in general agreed with the view of the prosecution and found the Navalny brothers guilty of embezzlement and money laundering." Navalny led mass protests against President Vladimir Putin three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against corruption in his government and inner circle.