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KIROV - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from detention on bail Friday, one day after being sentenced to five years for theft and embezzlement.

The Kirov regional court, east of Moscow, ruled that keeping him in custody would deprive him of his right to stand in the mayoral elections in the capital in September, reports Kommersant. The three judges decided to allow him to await the appeal decision at home and to campaign.

Once in Moscow, he will decide whether to boycott the elections or to continue his campaign, Navalny said, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

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Thousands of Russians protested against his conviction, saying it was politically motivated. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday that the Kirov court verdict confirmed that the judiciary is not independent, reports CNN.

The 37-year-old activist was found guilty of defrauding about $500,000 from a state-run timber company. This prominent campaigner against Vladimir Putin during last year's presidential elections has also accused an array of government officials of corruption.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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