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Kremlin dismisses calls to free Navalny, warns against protests

Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya said she expected protracted opposition protests, saying: “We’re on the cusp of a monumental escalation of tensions”.

AFP/File / Gal ROMAKremlin critic Alexei Navalny: from poisoning to prison

The prison service said it had detained Navalny for not checking in with officials twice per month during a probationary period resulting from the 2014 suspended sentence.

A court hearing is scheduled to take place on February 2 on whether he will see real prison time for the sentence of three years and six months.

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