Court outlaws Kremlin critic Navalny’s network in pre-election knockout

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By Andrew Osborn and Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) -A Russian court on Wednesday outlawed groups linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after declaring them “extremist”, a move that bans his allies from elections and will further strain U.S.-Russia ties before a closely watched summit. President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are due to hold talks in Geneva next week with the fate of Navalny and the crackdown on his movement certain to be on the agenda. Washington has asked Moscow to free Navalny. The Kremlin says the matter is a purely domestic one and not Biden’s b…

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