A Russian court sentenced Alexei Navalny to nine years in a high-security prison Tuesday, imposing a new punishment on the imprisoned opposition leader at a time when the war in Ukraine has made him even more of a liability for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors had claimed that Navalny, a relentless critic and frequent target of Putin, and Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation — which the Russian authorities banned as extremist last year — had embezzled donations from supporters.

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