Russian authorities open new criminal case against Alexei Navalny


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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies have been charged with establishing an “extremist group,” Russia’s Investigative Committee, which seems to be into main crimes, declared in a press release Tuesday. If convicted, Bloomberg reported, Navalny might resist 10 years in prison.

“That is already the FOURTH felony case that has been introduced towards Alexei while he's imprisoned,” Navalny’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmish, wrote on Twitter.

The probe is the newest escalation in Navalny’s battle with the Russian authorities. In June, Navalny’s anti-corruption basis was banned for being “extremist” by a Russian courtroom. In August, Navalny and his allies have been accused of making “a non-profit organization that infringes on the individuals and rights of citizens,” the Investigative Committee stated in a& statement.

Navalny was arrested& earlier this yr and sentenced to 2 and a half years in jail after& returning to Russia& from Germany, where he was recovering from being& poisoned& with the nerve agent Novichok, an attack he blames on the Russian state. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.