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Navalny supporters say being ruled ‘extremists’ won’t deter them

Putin applies to court to have opposition movement outlawed

Putin may have the power to outlaw Navalny’s movement, but he will find it almost impossible to stamp out dissent, said Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst. “It won’t kill the movement.”

According to an opinion poll published on Friday by the independent Levada Centre think tank, 52% of Russians are concerned about a return to the kind of mass political repression that took place under Soviet rule. Some Navalny activists already have fled to Europe to avoid arrest.

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