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Russia TV accuses Navalny of CIA contacts, taking foreign money

A pro-Kremlin channel has aired a sensationalist report based on bugged phone calls and eavesdropped hotel meetings, accusing Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny of taking money from abroad and having contacts with the CIA. The report was broadcast by the NTV channel, owned by state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, late Wednesday, one day after President Vladimir Putin had warned over a "fifth column" in Russia after its taking of Crimea.

US slams 'unprecedented' Russia media censorship

The United States expressed concern Friday over Russia's "unprecedented" media censorship, including shuttering opposition news websites amid the East-West standoff over Ukraine, and called for the Kremlin to respect press freedom. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf cited this month's ouster of the chief editor of Lenta.ru, one of Russia's most popular news websites, after a state watchdog criticized its interviews with Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.

US slams 'unprecedented' Russia media censorship

The United States expressed concern Friday over Russia's "unprecedented" media censorship, including shuttering opposition news websites amid the East-West standoff over Ukraine, and called for the Kremlin to respect press freedom. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf cited this month's ouster of the chief editor of Lenta.ru, one of Russia's most popular news websites, after a state watchdog criticized its interviews with Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.

US slams 'unprecedented' Russia media censorship

The United States expressed concern Friday over Russia's "unprecedented" media censorship, including shuttering opposition news websites amid the East-West standoff over Ukraine, and called for the Kremlin to respect press freedom. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf cited this month's ouster of the chief editor of Lenta.ru, one of Russia's most popular news websites, after a state watchdog criticized its interviews with Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.

Russia blocks opposition websites amid Ukraine crisis

Russia has blocked three major opposition news websites as well as the popular blog of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a media crackdown that comes amid President Vladimir Putin's standoff with the West over Ukraine. The government's media watchdog said late Thursday it was enforcing an order by prosecutors to add three popular opposition news websites to its banned list, along with Navalny's Live Journal blog.

"Demokratia": mocking Russian politics through a videogame

Buy voters, divert public funds, become an all-powerful tsar: it's all part of the fun in videogame "Demokratia", whose merciless take on Russian politics has made it a runaway success in the land of Vladimir Putin. "Begin the ballot-stuffing!" and "Voter participation is 146%!" announce the characters in Demokratia, who bear more than a passing resemblance to well-known Russian politicians. The game has already been downloaded by 1.5 million Russians, and is picking up around 100,000 new users every month according to its creator, NeskinSoft.

Russia puts protest leader Navalny under house arrest

A Moscow court on Friday ordered Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest and banned from using the Internet, a move he said was aimed at thwarting his fight against top-level corruption. The order came after a request from investigators probing an alleged embezzlement case which Navalny's supporters say is yet another attempt to remove one of the most dangerous foes of President Vladimir Putin from the political scene.

Russian court puts Putin foe under house arrest

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court placed opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest for at least two months on Friday and barred him from using the Internet or speaking to the media. The court said Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a leader of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-2012, had violated rules barring him from leaving Moscow. Navalny denounced the ruling as baseless and said it was meant to silence him.

Russia protest leader Navalny placed under house arrest

A Moscow court on Friday ordered Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest, satisfying a request from investigators probing an alleged embezzlement case. Navalny, who last year was given a suspended five year sentence in a separate timber embezzlement case, faces charges in this case along with his brother Oleg of stealing and laundering a total of 51 million rubles ($1.4 million) from cosmetics company Yves Rocher and a Russian firm. sjw/yad

Russia puts protest leader Navalny under house arrest

A Moscow court on Friday ordered Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest after a request from investigators probing an alleged embezzlement case. Navalny, who last year was given a suspended five-year sentence in a separate timber embezzlement case, faces charges in this case along with his brother Oleg of stealing and laundering a total of 51 million rubles ($1.4 million) from cosmetics company Yves Rocher and a Russian firm.
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