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But his offending video has helped boost his campaign, garnering over 21 million online views, and Navalny successfully used it to get people to take to the streets in March to protest against official corruption.On Wednesday, after his supporters began recirculating the contested video online, he said his court defeat underlined the need to step up the fight against corruption.
Navalny, who plans to appeal the ruling, said earlier on Wednesday he would not delete the video and stood by the allegations.'The reality that we see around us somewhat contradicts the court's decision,' said Navalny.
Last month, a court rejected his appeal and upheld the original conviction which came with a five-year suspended prison sentence.
Navalny's legal team said it would now appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
Allies say that Navalny, a 40-year-old lawyer turned opposition leader, is entitled to run for the presidency next year under the Russian constitution despite the embezzlement conviction.
In April, Navalny suffered a severe chemical burn in his right eye last month when an attacker doused him with green antiseptic.
(And love, ideally.) If it weren't for the algorithms, I could meet all of these people IRL and they wouldn't know I was 40 unless I showed them my birth certificate — ah, the very idea made me irate.