President Vladimir Putin signs legislation that bars members of "extremist" organisations from running for office, a decision allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny say aims to sideline them from parliamentary election this year.
Meanwhile, Russian police detain several allies of Alexey Navalny and raided two of his regional offices, a day before his supporters plan to stage mass protests over his failing health amid a hunger strike.
Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany last month after collapsing on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow.
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