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Russian human {legal rights} association suspends work {right after|following} claims from prosecutors

FILE PHOTO: Ivan Pavlov, {an attorney} defending Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) {within an} extremism case, speaks with journalists {following a} court hearing in Moscow, {Russia might 17,} 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

July 18, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – {A link} of human rights lawyers {associated with} jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s group has suspended work {to safeguard} its team after Moscow authorities blocked its website {because of} request from prosecutors, {on Sunday it said.}

Russian authorities have moved {before} September’s parliamentary election to restrict opposition groups and independent media {that your} authorities say are hostile and foreign-backed.

The lawyers’ association, Komanda 29 (Team 29) is led by Ivan Pavlov, who has defended Navalny’s group. Pavlov has been under criminal investigation since April when Russia accused him of disclosing classified information {associated with} {one of is own} clients.

“The Prosecutor General’s Office identifies Komanda 29 with the Czech-registered NGO Společnost Svobody Informace, {that is} listed {being an} undesirable organisation (in Russia),” the association said in a statement.

Komanda 29 disagrees {and contains} no relationship with the Czech NGO, it said, adding that its lawyers would challenge the identification “but {at this time} we cannot {disregard the} position of the security services”.

“The next step in the attack on us could be the criminal prosecution of both members of Komanda 29 and its supporters,” it added.

Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office {didn’t} reply a Reuters’ {obtain} {touch upon} Sunday evening.

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Navalny’s allies {have previously} suspended their groups {to safeguard} their supporters,|

Navalny’s allies have suspended their groups {to safeguard} their supporters already,} acting before a ruling which handed authorities the formal {capacity to} jail activists and freeze their bank accounts {should they} continue their activities.

Navalny and his associates have instigated numerous investigations into what {they state} is high-level corruption. {The Kremlin says the reports are malicious inventions {within} a foreign-backed plot to destabilise {hawaii}.|The reports are said by the Kremlin are malicious inventions as part of a foreign-backed plot to destabilise the state.}

Navalny himself is in jail for parole violations over an embezzlement case he says was trumped up. He was arrested in Moscow {this season} after flying back from Germany where {he previously} been {dealing with} a nerve agent poisoning in Russia.

(Reporting by Anton Zverev; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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