Navalny confirms he will run for Moscow mayor

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is determined to run for Moscow mayor in elections scheduled for September 8.

"We will run in the elections, and we will win," Navalny, who returned to Moscow from Kirov on Saturday morning, told his supporters at Moscow's Yaroslavsky Station.

Navalny said he is facing a difficult election campaign and intends to work hard within the next seven weeks.

Dozens of Navalny's supporters, who gathered on the platform to greet him, applauded when he was getting off the train. He thanked them as well as the thousands of other people who gathered in his support in the center of Moscow on Thursday evening. Some of the supporters at the station chanted, 'Navalny for Mayor!'

The opposition leader said to the people, "Let's break up carefully. I am at my campaign staff today, tomorrow and every day as long as there is such an opportunity."

The Leninsky District Court in Kirov sentenced Navalny to five years and his co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov to four years in prison on charges of embezzling property belonging to the state-run timber company Kirovles on Thursday. Navalny and Ofitserov were taken into custody in the courtroom. A higher court ruled on Friday that Navalny and Ofitserov be released from a detention facility and remain under travel restrictions until the sentence takes legal effect or is annulled.

Navalny categorically denies any wrongdoing.

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