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Russian court orders arrest in absentia of Navalny ally Zhdanov

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court on Tuesday ordered the arrest in absentia of Ivan Zhdanov, an ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Zhdanov was the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation which has been declared “extremist” and in effect outlawed by the authorities, a move his allies saw as part of a wider crackdown on the opposition. Moscow’s Nagatinsky District Court said Zhdanov, who is based abroad, was accused of failing to comply with an earlier court decision, an offence that can carry a jail sentence of up to two years. It ordered his arrest in absentia for one mont…

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