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Russian actor jailed for 3 1/2 years over opposition protest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a 23-year-old actor to three-and-a-half years in prison for violence against police at an opposition protest even though he claimed he was simply a bystander.

Opposition chief blames Kremlin 'hysteria' over vote for police raids

Moscow - Russia's main opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday blamed mass police raids on his regional offices on Kremlin "hysteria" sparked by the ruling party's losses in local elections."Why such hysteria?

In Russia, forgotten plight of jailed grassroots activists

Reutov - When anti-corruption activist Yevgeny Kurakin went to make an official complaint about authorities destroying a park in his sleepy town near Moscow, he was arrested in the prosecutor's office. Three months later, he is still behind bars.

Russia court hands first jail terms to protesters

Moscow - Two Russians were sentenced Tuesday to two and three years in jail respectively in the first major convictions over anti-government demonstrations this summer.

EPA efforts to rollback methane regulations facing opposition

Washington - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations.

Putin opponent Navalny freed after 30 days in jail

Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after serving 30 days in jail for planning opposition protests, which have grown into a movement that has shaken Moscow since last month.

Putin opponent Navalny freed after 30 days in jail

Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after serving 30 days in jail for planning opposition protests, which have grown into a movement that has shaken Moscow since last month.

Russia freezes assets of Kremlin critic Navalny's anti-graft group

Moscow - Russia on Thursday froze the assets of an anti-corruption group that major opposition figure Alexei Navalny set up to expose the questionable wealth of top government officials, his spokeswoman said.

Russia tries to remove child from parents over opposition rally

Moscow - Russian prosecutors sought to strip a couple of parental rights on Tuesday after they brought their baby to a rally, as the authorities pressed ahead with a crackdown on the opposition.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

Russia arrests five in mass unrest probe

Moscow - Five men were on Friday placed in pre-trial detention in Russia until late September as part of a probe into mass unrest following a peaceful protest urging fair elections.

Russian 'mass unrest' probe arrests five amid opposition crackdown

Moscow - Russian investigators said Thursday they had detained five people as part of a criminal probe into mass unrest, in an apparent attempt to crush a wave of peaceful protests demanding fair elections.

Russian doctors say no poison detected in jailed Kremlin critic

Moscow - Doctors at a Russian state facility on Wednesday said they had found no traces of poison in jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but his physician dismissed the results as "completely absurd".

Russia launches criminal probe after mass protest for fair elections

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday launched a probe into "mass unrest", a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, after thousands took to the streets at the weekend to demand fair elections.

Putin opponent Navalny says could have been 'poisoned'

Moscow - Russia's jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he might have been "poisoned" in his prison cell amid a crackdown on anti-Kremlin protesters.

Putin opponent Navalny may have been exposed to 'toxic agent': doctor

Moscow - Russia's jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny might have been exposed to an unidentified "toxic agent," his personal doctor said on Monday, while health officials insisted his condition was satisfactory.

Putin critic Navalny hospitalised after 'allergic reaction' in jail

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was taken from jail to hospital suffering an allergic reaction could have been exposed to an "unknown chemical substance", his doctor said.

Moscow police arrest hundreds at banned rally for fair elections

Moscow - Police in Moscow said they arrested more than 1,000 people Saturday at a banned opposition protest calling for city authorities to reverse decisions to exclude key opposition candidates from the ballot paper.

Russia raids campaign offices of opposition politicians

Moscow - Russian police on Friday extended a crackdown on the opposition by raiding the offices of independent politicians on the eve of a high-profile protest rally.

Russian investigators grill opposition in vote crackdown

Moscow - Russian investigators summoned a number of opposition politicians for questioning Thursday after the authorities staged night-time raids and jailed top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days.

Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 30 days, as police raid allies' homes

Moscow - Russian police raided the homes of several opposition politicians on Wednesday soon after top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, in an apparent bid by authorities to crush a new wave of protest.

Russian opposition leader Navalny arrested ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was arrested on Wednesday, in an apparent move by the authorities to prevent a major protest rally this week.

Russian opposition push to stand in Moscow city vote

Moscow - Opposition candidates in Moscow on Tuesday vowed to keep protesting against the authorities' refusal to put them on the ballot for local polls in September, after meeting with the top election chief.

Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over

Moscow - More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities' refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot.

Russia bars opposition candidates from Moscow city ballot

Moscow - Russian officials on Tuesday refused to register nearly 30 candidates for elections to Moscow's local parliament, including prominent critics of President Vladimir Putin despite protests over the move.

Russian opposition in losing battle to get on local ballot

Moscow - Russian opposition politicians aim to capitalise on public discontent and President Vladimir Putin's falling approval ratings as they fight to get on the ballot for local elections in September.

Kyrgyz ex-leader vows to 'stand to the end' as prosecution looms

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's former president pledged to "stand to the end" Wednesday as parliament prepared to lift his immunity, paving the way for prosecution and possible instability in the fragile Central Asian state.

Ekrem Imamoglu: Turkey's rising political star

Istanbul - Softly-spoken football fan Ekrem Imamoglu has emerged from relative obscurity to win Turkey's biggest city -- twice -- as the new figurehead of the country's long-suffering opposition.

Pompeo warns of divided Venezuela opposition: report

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned during a closed-door meeting that divisions within Venezuela's opposition were hurting efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, a report said Wednesday.
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