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Russia considers labelling Alexei Navalny’s foundation an extremist group

A court in Russia is considering whether to label groups linked to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as extremist organisations.

According to Mr Navalny’s chief of staff, prosecutors have asked the courts to prohibit the groups from publishing anything online, organising protests, and taking part in elections.

If Mr Navalny’s crowdfunded anticorruption group was to be labelled extremist, supporters would be liable for long jail terms for financing and organising extremist activity.

The process of declaring the groups as extremist will also be classified as Russia deems the actions of Mr Navalny’s foundation a state secret.

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