Biden administration officials say moves against Russia over attempt to kill the Kremlin critic with novichok are in coordination with EU which imposed sanctions on four officials close to President Putin in response to Alexey Navalny’s jailing.
Russia's justice minister described the decision by the human rights court as unprecedented interference in the work of Russia's courts and said, "There are no legal grounds for the release of this person from custody."
A Moscow court turned a 2014 suspended sentence into real jail time, sending Kremlin’s most prominent critic Alexey Navalny to jail for nearly three years. World leaders have condemned the ruling and urged Navalny’s release.
The growing opposition against Russian dissident Alexey Navalny’s arrest has prompted Putin to respond to it, signalling that the unrest worries him.
Opposition leader Navalny’s dramatic return to Russia and his subsequent arrest have triggered a massive protest despite the below -50C temperatures. While 3000 people have been arrested, the public anger refuses to subside.
Police detain more than 3,000 in Moscow and other cities, says a monitoring group, as tens of thousands of supporters of jailed Kremlin critic take to streets following his call to protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule.
Moscow says it will not take into account European Union's demand to free Kremlin-critic Alexey Navalny, describing the calls to protest by the opposition as "troubling".
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia say they want EU foreign ministers to discuss sanctions against Russia over its handling of Alexey Navalny’s case.
Investigators are investigating Lyubov Sobol for trespassing as part of opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s plan to dupe an alleged FSB agent.
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