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Russia suspends activities of Alexei Navalny’s organisation

Move by prosecutor comes ahead of expected ruling to outlaw opposition movement as ‘extremist’

Russia’s prosecutor has suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation ahead of a court ruling that is expected to outlaw the opposition movement as “extremist” and threaten supporters with long jail terms.

In a decision published on Monday, the prosecutor banned his regional headquarters from holding opposition rallies or engaging in elections activity pending a landmark court decision that could cripple the democratic opposition to Vladimir Putin.

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