Navalny's campaign manager Leonid Volkov, though, insisted on Twitter the ruling would not derail Navalny's quest to become president.
In 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided that the verdict had been unjust and that Navalny's actions were not different from those of ordinary entrepreneurs. He was attacked last week by an assailant who threw green dye on his face, leaving Navalny with only 20 percent vision in his right eye and a risk of losing use of it completely.
On February 17, Navalny's lawyer Vadim Kobzev said that his client had appealed the five-year suspended sentence. Footage of the attack, the second time Navalny had suffered such an assault in as many months, was shown on a pro-government TV channel.
Thus, the February verdict of Judge Alexey Vtyurin came into force; it appointed Navalny five years of probation, and Officerov - four years' imprisonment de bene esse. "I'm being actively treated and there's hope I will be healed".
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In a post on Facebook, Mr Volkov said that the Kremlin would ultimately decide whether Mr Navalny will be confirmed as a presidential candidate. But he said he was unable to get treatment in a specialised clinic in Switzerland or Spain because of a foreign travel ban imposed over what he says is a politically-motivated embezzlement conviction.
In March he played a leading role in a massive demonstration in Moscow against government corruption, and was fined for doing so. "The court ignored the political nature of Navalny's prosecution".
Opinion polls suggest he does not pose a serious threat to Putin at the ballot box, but his muckraking investigations have angered the Kremlin. Protesters had been "promised financial rewards in the event of their detention by law enforcement agencies", he said. He has said he has a constitutional right to participate even with the latest conviction, but Russian officials have said he won't be allowed to run because of the verdict.
Mr Navalny, who denies the charges, has vowed to take part in the race regardless.