Russia’s leading opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement, Russia media report.
A judge was still reading the verdict in the city of Kirov, but news agencies said it was clear in his remarks that Mr Navalny had been convicted.
Even a suspended sentence would bar the outspoken critic of President Putin from running for president next year.
Mr Navalny has denied the accusations, saying the case is politically motivated.
Navalny’s team thanked everyone for support via TWITTER , adding that it the best one can do at the moment.