Russia Blocks Websites Linked To Opponent Alexei Navalny | WABNEWS

MOSCOW – – Russian authorities have restricted access to the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in prison, as well as dozens of sites that are operated by his allies, Navalny’s team reported Monday. The action comes as pressure is mounting on opposition supporters, independent journalists and human rights defenders in Russia ahead of the September parliamentary elections. The elections are seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his mandate before the 2024 presidential elections. The 68-year-old Russian president, who has been in power for more than two decades, proposed changes last year. constitutional laws that would allow him to remain in office until 2036. Navalny’s website, as well as that of his top strategist Leonid Volkov and longtime ally Lyubov Sobol, were down Monday. The websites of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation and the network of some 40 regional offices, which were declared illegal last month, were also not working. They also did not operate the website of the Alianza de Médicos union, backed by Navalny, and a page calling for the freedom of the opposition leader. Russian opposition faces a future without Alexei Navalny The leader of the opposition was transferred to a prison colony for a sentence of 2.5 years. According to Russia’s state communications control body Roskomnadzor, access to all these websites has been restricted by order of the Prosecutor’s Office. “They have decided to completely erase us from the internet,” Navalny associate Maria Pevchikh tweeted. Navalny, Putin’s main political rival, was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning attributed to the Kremlin, a charge that Russian authorities have rejected. In February, Navalny received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for violating the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement in 2014 that the opposition leader considers politically motivated. Connect with the WABNEWS! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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