Russian authorities have blocked access to the website of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and dozens of other websites operated by his allies.
Russian internet regulator Roscomnadzor said it blocked navalny.com and other sites at the request of the prosecutor’s chief.
Blocked sites include the website of Navalny’s top strategist Leonid Volkov, the website of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, and the website of the Navalny-backed Physician Alliance.
The move precedes the September parliamentary election, which is considered an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to increase his support prior to the 2024 presidential election.
Last month, a Russian court ruled that organizations related to Nawarny were “radicals,” banned their activities and prevented those associated with them from running for public office.
Nawarny is Putin’s most prominent critic, and his organization has worked to expose Russian corruption.
He is currently sentenced to two and a half years in prison for parole violations resulting from a 2014 conviction of embezzlement. He says this is due to political motivation.
Nawarny accused him of trying to poison Kremlin with nerve gas. The government has denied this accusation.
His arrest and imprisonment earlier this year has sparked a wave of protests across Russia and has been criticized by Western nations.
Some information in this report was provided by The Associated Press and Reuters.
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