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Monday, May 17, 2021, 17:46
Lawyers: Russian prosecutor submits more material in Navalny case
By Reuters
Monday, May 17, 2021, 17:46 By Reuters

This grab taken from a video posted on January 13, 2021 on the Instagram account of @navalny shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny recording an address in Germany. (HANDOUT / INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT @NAVALNY / AFP)

Moscow's prosecutor on Monday submitted a huge amount of new material to a court hearing a request to outlaw jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's political movement, Navalny's lawyers said.

The court is considering the prosecutor's request to declare Navalny's anti-corruption foundation and regional campaign groups as "extremist", a major escalation in a crackdown on supporters of President Vladimir Putin's staunchest critic.

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Navalny and his allies deny the allegations, which they have cast as an attempt to try to blunt their political opposition to the ruling United Russia party ahead of parliamentary elections in September.

Navalny's lawyers posted photographs on social media of the prosecutor's new material -- six gigantic wads of A4 paper.

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