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Alexei Navalny: US imposes sanctions on Russians

Alexei Navalny: US imposes sanctions on Russians

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ReutersThe US has imposed sanctions on senior Russian officials over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.The measures, which target Russia's top spy and six others, are being co-ordinated with similar moves by the European Union.US officials said intelligence had concluded that the Moscow government was behind the near-fatal nerve agent attack on Navalny last year.He is the most high-profile critic of President Vladimir Putin.Moscow denies involvement in his poisoning and disputes the conclusion, by Western weapons experts, that Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok agent during a flight in Siberia.The term Novichok - "newcomer" in Russian - applies to a group of nerve agents developed in a lab by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They paralyse muscles and can lead to deat...
Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

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EPARussia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week. The Russian foreign ministry said the three took part in "illegal demonstrations" on 23 January. The diplomats' home countries have condemned the expulsions, as have the UK, France and the EU. Mr Navalny is a vociferous critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin criticJailing Navalny may mean more problems for PutinMillions watch jailed critic's 'Putin palace' filmThe expulsions were announced just a few hours after EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in protests in support of ...
Navalny: Arrests as latest protests begin in Russia

Navalny: Arrests as latest protests begin in Russia

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More than 500 people have been detained as rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny begin across Russia, a monitoring group says.In Moscow police have closed metro stations and are restricting movement in the city centre. About 100 people have been detained there, Reuters says.Mr Navalny was jailed on his return to Russia after recovering from an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent.He is accused of not complying with a suspended sentence.Mr Navalny had only just arrived from Berlin, where he spent months recovering from the near-fatal attack.Billionaire claims ownership of 'Putin's Palace'Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: 'We have to protest'Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin criticRussian authorities say he was supposed to report to police regularly because ...
US and UK condemn ‘harsh tactics’ against Navalny protesters

US and UK condemn ‘harsh tactics’ against Navalny protesters

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The US and UK have condemned the "harsh tactics" used against protesters and journalists in Russia - as more than 2,500 people have reportedly been arrested at rallies in support of the jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny."We call on Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their universal rights," said US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Saturday. Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also condemned "the Russian authorities' use of violence against peaceful protesters and journalists" and called on the government to "release citizens detained during peaceful demonstrations". Image: Yulia Navalnaya at Pushkinskaya Square before her arrest. Pic: Instagram Please use Chrome browser f...
Alexei Navalny: Dozens detained in protests in eastern Russia

Alexei Navalny: Dozens detained in protests in eastern Russia

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