Arrest of Russian Opposition Leader Raises Tough Questions for Country's Legal System

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Russian prosecutors charged anticorruption lawyer and blogger Alexei Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's harshest critics, with embezzlement Tuesday in connection with a 2009 timber deal in which he participated as an unpaid adviser. The criminal charges, which carry a five-to-10 year prison term, are the latest to be lodged against a vocal Kremlin critic and have some U.S. lawyers with Russian expertise skeptical about the country's commitment to the rule of law.

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