Polls opened on Friday morning in the Far East regions of Kamchatka and Chukotka, which are nine hours ahead of Moscow. Voters will be able to cast ballots through Sunday.
The company's refusal to delete the opposition app created by Kremlin critic could be considered interference to the country's parliamentary elections later this month, Moscow says.
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s team announces on YouTube that it is disbanding its national network ahead of a court ruling expected to declare it an “extremist” organisation.
Meanwhile, Russian police detain several allies of Alexey Navalny and raided two of his regional offices, a day before his supporters plan to stage mass protests over his failing health amid a hunger strike.
Navalny's right-hand man Leonid Volkov says a massive rally is planned on Wednesday evening "not just about Kremlin critic's freedom, but his life" after his doctors said he could die any minute as his health deteriorates rapidly in prison.
Social media users stirred alarm as they shared images that reveal an ongoing Russian build-up along its shared border with Ukraine.
Navalny, who is considered a flight risk by authorities, said he is woken eight times per night by guards announcing to a recording camera that he is still in his cell.
Washington hits senior Russian officials with fresh sanctions over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Russian news reports have previously indicated that Alexey Navalny, who has been held in a maximum-security jail in Moscow, would likely be sent to a facility in western Russia.
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has returned to court for a trial on slander charges he calls politically motivated amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West over his jailing.
Opposition figure Alexei Navalny claims the opulent $1.35 billion property was constructed as a gift for Putin by Russia’s richest oligarchs.
Three of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics have been silenced since the protests of 2011-2013.
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