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Russia extends house arrest of Navalny spokesperson

The spokesperson of the Kremlin critic Kira Yarmysh will be placed under house arrest until January next year.

Her lawyers and allies say that Russian courts have ordered the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s spokesman Kira Yarmysh to be placed under house arrest until January next year.

Russia severely cracked down on the opposition before the parliamentary elections in September. Most of Navalny’s important allies have either left Russia or are facing prosecution.

The 31-year-old player has been in House arrest since February After authorities accused her of violating coronavirus restrictions during protests in support of imprisoned Kremlin critics. She said these allegations were politically motivated.

Yarmysh has been Navalny’s spokesperson since 2014, having previously worked with him in the election of the mayor of Moscow.

“They extended her house arrest for six months! Until January 6, 2022,” Yarmysh’s lawyer Veronika Polyakova wrote on Twitter after the court decision on Wednesday.

The arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (middle) triggered protests across Russia, which proved to be the greatest contempt for the Kremlin in years [File: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images]

Navalny’s allies said on Twitter that the ruling looked like part of a strategy to keep opposition figures like Armish under house arrest “forever”.

The Kremlin stated that it does not interfere with the work of the court and strictly abides by the provisions of the law.

Navalny Prison

Navalny is Arrested in January After returning from Germany, it took him five months to recover from the nerve agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin-Russian officials rejected the accusation.

His arrest led to protests across Russia, which proved to be the greatest contempt for the Kremlin in years.

But they did not prevent the authorities from putting Navalny on trial for violating the 2014 parole crime of embezzlement of public funds, which he has rejected as fabricated.

Navalny was subsequently convicted of violating the probation clause and ordered to serve two and a half years in prison.



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