MOSCOW - Alexei Navalny, one of the most prominent leaders of protests against Russia President Vladimir Putin, has been charged with multi-million dollar fraud and money laundering, investigators said on Thursday.

Navalny's brother, Oleg, has also been charged with aiding his older brother in the embezzlement of 55 million roubles ($1.79 million).

If he is found guilty of fraud, Navalny could be jailed for up two years. He has denied doing anything wrong.

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