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Experts urge independent probe into Kremlin critic Navalny's poisoning

Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell sick on Aug. 20 during a domestic flight in Russia and was flown while still in a coma to Berlin for treatment two days later.
A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters/ File )
A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters/ File )
Published on Mar 01, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny reaches penal colony to serve prison term

Navalny's ally Leonid Volkov said on social media earlier on Sunday that Navalny's family and lawyers had not been officially informed about his whereabouts.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 04:50 PM IST
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Amnesty International revokes Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status

The group initially referred to Navalny as a prisoner of conscience after his arrest last month, and then had second thoughts after concerns were raised over whether past comments qualified as advocating hatred.
Amnesty says it will continue to campaign for Navalny’s release. It denies being influenced by an orchestrated propaganda campaign, though it acknowledges old comments have resurfaced more frequently of late. “As a matter of principle, we cannot ignore the evidence before us,” the group said in a statement.(AP)
Amnesty says it will continue to campaign for Navalny’s release. It denies being influenced by an orchestrated propaganda campaign, though it acknowledges old comments have resurfaced more frequently of late. “As a matter of principle, we cannot ignore the evidence before us,” the group said in a statement.(AP)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 04:36 PM IST
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Amnesty International revokes Alexei Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status

  • Amnesty, which had named Navalny a "prisoner of conscience" on Jan. 17 after his arrest, did not specify which comments it was referring to and said it was not aware of similar pronouncements made by him in recent years.
The 44-year-old Russian opposition politician was flown to Germany last August to recover from a near-fatal poisoning in Siberia(Reuters)
The 44-year-old Russian opposition politician was flown to Germany last August to recover from a near-fatal poisoning in Siberia(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny stir

The form the Navalny sanctions will take is being firmed up and they will likely be rolled out in coordination with the European Union.
The moves would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration.(AP)
The moves would be the first costs imposed on Russia by the Biden administration.(AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 05:33 AM IST
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EU prepares sanctions on four Russians over Navalny, diplomats say

Despite calls by Navalny's closest aides for the EU to target members of Russia's business elite close to Putin, EU governments have argued in favour of targeting senior officials because such sanctions can better withstand legal challenges.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters)
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 08:44 PM IST
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Navalny ally Volkov says 'language of power', sanctions can free Kremlin critic

European foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday to impose sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to the jailing of Navalny.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is accused of slandering a Russian World War Two veteran, stands inside a defendant dock during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 21, 2021 12:59 PM IST
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Moscow court fines opposition leader Navalny for defaming WWII veteran

  • The court convicted Navalny on charges of slandering a World War II veteran and ordered him to pay a fine of 850,000 rubles (about $11,500).
Earlier Saturday, Navalny lost his appeal of the prison sentence for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)(AP)
Earlier Saturday, Navalny lost his appeal of the prison sentence for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 10:43 PM IST
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AP | , Moscow

Russian court rejects Kremlin critic Navalny's appeal against jail term

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was jailed earlier this month for parole violations that he said were trumped up.
In the slander case, Navalny is accused of defaming a World War Two veteran who took part in a promotional video backing constitutional reforms last year that let Putin run for two more terms in the Kremlin after 2024 if he wants.(AP)
In the slander case, Navalny is accused of defaming a World War Two veteran who took part in a promotional video backing constitutional reforms last year that let Putin run for two more terms in the Kremlin after 2024 if he wants.(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 03:34 PM IST
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Representatives of 9 foreign embassies, EU attend Navalny's hearings

Earlier, a Moscow court had sent Navalny to prison for more than two-and-a-half years.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb 20, 2021.(AP)
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb 20, 2021.(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 02:33 PM IST
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Kremlin critic Navalny back in court for jail appeal, possible fine

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was jailed earlier this month for parole violations he said were trumped up.
State prosecutors have asked the court to fine Navalny 950,000 roubles ($12,800) for slander.(AP)
State prosecutors have asked the court to fine Navalny 950,000 roubles ($12,800) for slander.(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 01:50 PM IST
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Putin says Russia's elections need protection from 'external interference'

  • The Kremlin has suggested that Navalny is a CIA asset who is being used by Western intelligence services to destabilise Russia, and Moscow has repeatedly told the European Union to keep out of its domestic affairs.
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Council for Science and Education via a video conference call at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia Feb 8, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo(via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Council for Science and Education via a video conference call at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia Feb 8, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo(via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 17, 2021 07:15 PM IST
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Pro-Navalny 'flashlight' protests light up Russian cities

When Navalny's first team urged people to come out to the cellphone protests, many responded with jokes and skepticism. After two weekends of nationwide demonstrations, the new protest format looked to some like a retreat.
Young people turn on the flashlights of their mobile phones in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny near Red Square in Moscow.(AP)
Young people turn on the flashlights of their mobile phones in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny near Red Square in Moscow.(AP)
Published on Feb 15, 2021 04:58 AM IST
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Russian Opposition holds Valentine’s Day Flashmob protest for Alexei Navalny

A top Navalny aide, Leonid Volkov, had urged supporters to go out into the yards of apartment buildings at 8 pm Sunday and hold up phone flashlights or other lights for a few minutes, after announcing that the opposition was suspending further street rallies until spring.
A woman, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attends a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.(AP)
A woman, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attends a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.(AP)
Published on Feb 14, 2021 07:31 PM IST
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Russians set for candle-lit Valentine's Day protests after Navalny jailing

Navalny's allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until the spring after police detained thousands of people at protests in the past few weeks.
Russian law enforcement agencies said on Thursday that people taking part in unsanctioned rallies could face criminal charges.(Reuters)
Russian law enforcement agencies said on Thursday that people taking part in unsanctioned rallies could face criminal charges.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 14, 2021 10:13 AM IST
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Russia ready for split with EU if sanctions over Navalny arrest imposed

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in televised remarks that Russia doesn't want to be isolated but must increase its self-sufficiency to face potential EU sanctions.
Asked if Russia is heading toward a split with the European Union, Lavrov replied, “We proceed from the assumption that we are ready for that.”(AP)
Asked if Russia is heading toward a split with the European Union, Lavrov replied, “We proceed from the assumption that we are ready for that.”(AP)
Updated on Feb 12, 2021 06:48 PM IST
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AP | , Moscow

Police search Navalny headquarters in late-night raid

Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Russia from Germany.
FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officers detain a protestor during a rally in support of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Law enforcement officers detain a protestor during a rally in support of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 12, 2021 07:17 AM IST
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Russia expels German, Swedish and Polish diplomats over Navalny protests

The move comes hours after the European Union's top diplomat Josep Borrell met Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
Russian police have arrested more than 10,000 people at mass demonstrations across the country.(AP)
Russian police have arrested more than 10,000 people at mass demonstrations across the country.(AP)
Updated on Feb 05, 2021 08:44 PM IST
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Navalny affair no grounds to cancel Nord Stream pipeline, says German CDU chief

Pointing to US purchases of crude oil from Russia, Armin Laschet, the man best placed to be the next German chancellor, described himself as a political realist.
Armin Laschet's election to the CDU chair makes him the frontrunner to take over as chancellor from Merkel.(REUTERS)
Armin Laschet's election to the CDU chair makes him the frontrunner to take over as chancellor from Merkel.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 05, 2021 06:09 PM IST
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Russia revives draft law to grant police access to citizens' geolocation data

The ministry is yet to hear back from other domestic state institutions, a required step before the draft can be resubmitted to the lower house of parliament.
Policemen detain a Navalny supporter near Red Square in Moscow, Russia.(AP)
Policemen detain a Navalny supporter near Red Square in Moscow, Russia.(AP)
Published on Feb 04, 2021 08:37 PM IST
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Fears raised over facial recognition use at Moscow protests

With more than 105,000 cameras, Moscow boasts one of the world's most comprehensive surveillance systems.
Moscow's Department of Technology said it operates in strict accordance with Russian laws.(AP)
Moscow's Department of Technology said it operates in strict accordance with Russian laws.(AP)
Published on Feb 04, 2021 06:30 PM IST
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Reuters | , Tbilisi

Russia shrugs off fury over Navalny’s prison sentence

A Moscow court jailed Navalny for three and a half years on Tuesday, although he may actually serve two years and eight months because of time spent under house arrest.
Russia accused the West on Wednesday of descending into hysteria over the jailing of Navalny.(AP)
Russia accused the West on Wednesday of descending into hysteria over the jailing of Navalny.(AP)
Published on Feb 04, 2021 06:07 AM IST
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More sanctions on Russia over Navalny cannot be ruled out: Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday's verdict against Navalny was "far from any rule of law standards".
Western countries have urged Moscow to immediately free Alexei Navalny..(Reuters)
Western countries have urged Moscow to immediately free Alexei Navalny..(Reuters)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 06:30 PM IST
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US, Europe condemn Russia’s imprisonment of Navalny

A Moscow court converted a suspended sentence that Navalny, 44, received for a 2014 fraud conviction into a prison term for alleged violations of his probation.
People show posters as they as they attend a protest against the jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A Russian judge had ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)
People show posters as they as they attend a protest against the jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A Russian judge had ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 11:57 AM IST
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Moscow court orders Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison

Navalny, who is the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, had earlier denounced the proceedings as a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission.
The prison sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he has rejected as fabricated.(AFP)
The prison sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he has rejected as fabricated.(AFP)
Published on Feb 02, 2021 11:34 PM IST
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D-day for Navalny as court hearing begins. Here's a timeline

Russia’s penitentiary service has asked the Simonovsky district court in Moscow to turn his 3 1/2-year suspended sentence into one that he must serve in prison.
A court hearing for consideration of converting a suspended sentence into a real jail term for years convenes on Tuesday.(AP)
A court hearing for consideration of converting a suspended sentence into a real jail term for years convenes on Tuesday.(AP)
Published on Feb 02, 2021 04:27 PM IST
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Russia court to weigh jailing Navalny as Putin battles dissent

The court is to rule on demands by penal authorities and prosecutors that Navalny, 44, serve time instead of the suspended sentence he received for a 2014 fraud conviction, for alleged violations of his probation. Navalny’s supporters have vowed to gather outside the court during the hearing.
Navalny was detained in mid-January as he returned from Germany, where he recovered from a near-fatal nerve-agent attack that he and Western governments blamed on Putin’s security service.(via REUTERS)
Navalny was detained in mid-January as he returned from Germany, where he recovered from a near-fatal nerve-agent attack that he and Western governments blamed on Putin’s security service.(via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 02, 2021 11:48 AM IST
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Blinken criticizes Russia, weighs possible sanctions against North Korea: Report

The US secretary of state said he was reviewing a response to the actions against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, as well as Russian election interference in 2020.
Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses reporters during his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Pool(REUTERS)
Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses reporters during his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Pool(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 07:10 PM IST
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Court fines Navalny's wife after protests in Moscow

Tens of thousands took to the streets in dozens of Russian cities on Sunday, chanting slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin and demanding that authorities free Navalny, who was jailed last month and faces a prison term.
Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, leaves after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina(REUTERS)
Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, leaves after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 05:02 PM IST
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Navalny supporters march in defiance; 4,000 arrested

More than 4,000 people, including 1,167 people in capital Moscow, were detained by police, according to a monitoring group.
On Sunday, police detained over 4,027 people at protests held in cities across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political arrests.(Reuters)
On Sunday, police detained over 4,027 people at protests held in cities across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political arrests.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 03:48 AM IST
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