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Navalny given more jail time

Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday in a fraud and contempt of court case. He is already serving a 2.8 year term under a separate sentence. He pleaded not guilty during the trial. The Lefortovo court in Moscow agreed with the prosecution, …

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Father of exiled Navalny ally jailed

The father of a close aide of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been given three years in prison for fraud, in a case the activist’s allies have called politically motivated. Yuri Zhdanov, the father of Ivan Zhdanov, was given a suspended sentence last year. However, on Thursday, a court …

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Time to ‘move on’ from Navalny issue – Putin

If the West can’t offer any concrete evidence that Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, it’s time to turn the page, Putin said on Thursday. Speaking to gathered journalists at his annual end-of-year press conference, the president stated that the Russian prosecutor’s office had not received a single …

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Why is the EU backing Navalny, but ignoring Assange?

As Navalny is serving time in prison, his daughter, Darya, has accepted the prize in his place. She was also was invited to address the EU’s parliament with a speech that, as she explained in an interview, she closely coordinated with her father. In that sense, not only was Navalny …

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Russia’s top spy comments on alleged Navalny ‘replacement’

Speaking to the Moscow newspaper Argumenty i Fakty on Wednesday, Sergey Naryshkin claimed that Western nations were behind Navalny, but his imprisonment has led to their intelligence agencies giving up on instigating a mass protest movement in Russia. “Today, the US and EU intelligence community is forced to admit that …

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Majority of Russians didn’t even know Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ election app existed, despite Western media focus & legal ban

That’s according to Moscow’s Levada Center, which polled people across the country to determine what, if anything, influenced their preference. The initiative aimed to maximize anti-government ballots by offering tactical voting recommendations, and was banned by the authorities over its links to Navalny’s prohibited network of campaigning groups, which have …

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