Navalny ally urges donors to use cryptocurrency due to crackdown

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – An ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told supporters on Wednesday to move to using cryptocurrencies to help fund their cause as a crackdown threatens to make donations illegal. Russia has moved to ban Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and regional groups as “extremist”, dealing a blow to the network built up by President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponent. It is illegal to donate to “extremist” groups. A court is next due to consider whether to approve a prosecutorial request to ban Navalny’s movement on June 9. For years, he and his allies have crowdfund…

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