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Russian prosecutions at appeals hearing seek 10-year sentence for opposition leader Navalny

  • Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, center, his wife Yulia, left, and his brother Oleg's wife Victoria attend a video call with Oleg, shown on a TV screen, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, center, his wife Yulia, left, and his brother Oleg's wife Victoria attend a video call with Oleg, shown on a TV screen, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, center, his wife Yulia, left, and his brother Oleg's wife Victoria, right, speak to Oleg as they attend a video call with him, shown on a TV screen, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years in prison. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, center, his wife Yulia, left, and his brother Oleg's wife Victoria, right, speak to Oleg as they attend a video call with him, shown on a TV screen, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years in prison. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny gestures during a video call with his brother Oleg, right shown on TV, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny gestures during a video call with his brother Oleg, right shown on TV, at a court in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Oleg Navalny was convicted on Dec. 30, 2014 and sentenced for three and a half years. Alexei Navalny was also convicted and sentenced to the same prison term, but it was suspended. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors at an appeals hearing in Moscow are asking that opposition leader Alexei Navalny be sent to prison for 10 years.

Navalny was convicted in late December of fraud and given a 3 1/2 -year suspended sentence while his brother was sent to prison on charges of defrauding a French cosmetics company.

Russia news agencies on Tuesday quoted prosecutors at the appeals hearing at the Moscow city court saying that the gravity of the crime that Navalny allegedly committed calls for a prison sentence of 10 years.

Navalny, who was the driving force behind the 2011-2012 mass protests in Moscow, is organizing major anti-government protests in several Russian cities in March.