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Russian emigres gather across Europe to mourn Navalny, denounce Putin

Russian emigres gather across Europe to mourn Navalny, denounce Putin

HUNDREDS of protesters, many of them Russian emigres, gathered in cities across Europe and beyond to express their outrage over the death of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Often gathering outside Russian embassies, they chanted slogans critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they blamed for the activist's death, holding up signs calling him a "killer" and demanding accountability. Putin's most formidable domestic opponent, Navalny fell unconscious and died on Friday after a walk at the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence, prison authorities said. In Berlin, a crowd of 500 to 600 people, according to police estimates,…
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Kremlin foe Navalny held in pre-trial detention

Kremlin foe Navalny held in pre-trial detention

ANTON ZVEREV and ANDREW OSBORN A Russian judge has remanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in pre-trial detention for 30 days for violating the terms of a suspended jail sentence, ignoring calls from Western countries to free the opposition politician immediately. The ruling, a day after police detained him at the airport as he returned home for the first time since being poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent, may be the prelude to him being jailed for years. Moscow's prison service has applied to convert a suspended 3.5 year embezzlement sentence in the same case, which he says was trumped up,…
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“Are you detaining me?” Navalny flies home, and straight into trouble

“Are you detaining me?” Navalny flies home, and straight into trouble

POLINA IVANOVA POBEDA flight DP936 was a few minutes into its descent towards Moscow's Vnukovo airport, where thousands of supporters of poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were waiting to meet him on his return to Russia, when the flight captain said he could not land as planned. There were "technical difficulties", he said, before adding, audibly amused: "Instead we will calmly make our way to Sheremetyevo airport ... where the weather is great!" It was the first sign to those on board that Navalny's return from Berlin, where he had been treated since August after being attacked in Russia with…
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Russia detains over 4,500 at protests against jailing of Kremlin critic Navalny

Russia detains over 4,500 at protests against jailing of Kremlin critic Navalny

MARIA TSVETKOVA and TOM BALMFORTH RIOT police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 4,500 people who had braved the bitter cold and the threat of prosecution to demand he be set free. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of Moscow, sealing off streets to pedestrians near the Kremlin, closing metro stations and deploying hundreds of riot police as snow fell. At one point, a column of protesters marched towards the prison in northern Moscow where Navalny is being held, chanting…
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Kremlin critic Navalny loses appeal against jail term

Kremlin critic Navalny loses appeal against jail term

POLINA NIKOLSKAYA and ANDREW OSBORN  KREMLIN critic Alexei Navalny lost his appeal on Saturday against what he said was a politically motivated decision to jail him for nearly three years, but said his faith in God and belief in the rightness of his cause was sustaining him. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, was jailed earlier this month for parole violations that he said were trumped up. Western countries have condemned the case and are discussing possible sanctions on Russia. A Moscow court swiftly rejected Navalny's appeal on Saturday, while shortening his original jail term by six weeks. The…
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“There will be consequences if Kremlin critic Navalny dies”

“There will be consequences if Kremlin critic Navalny dies”

SARAH N LYNCH PRESIDENT Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the U.S. government has told Russia "there will be consequences" if Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies in prison. "We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community," Sullivan told CNN. "In terms of the specific measures that we would undertake, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I am not going to…
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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny starts ending his hunger strike

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny starts ending his hunger strike

ANDREW OSBORN and TOM BALMFORTH JAILED Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said yesterday he would begin gradually ending a hunger strike he had called to demand proper medical care, suggesting that support inside Russia and the West had got him much of what he needed. Navalny announced an end to his hunger strike on its 24th day after a medical trade union that supports him and which has treated him in the past appealed to him to start eating again or risk death. The worsening health of Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic opponent, and the authorities' initial failure…
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