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A Russian court has detained three lawyers of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for another three months. The three lawyers have been accused of belonging to an extremist group, Reuters and TASS reported.
Lawyers Vadim Kobzev, Igor Sergunin and Alexei Lipzer are accused of using their access to Navalny to allow him to engage in extremist activity behind bars by passing material from him to his supporters.
Navalny himself rejected this idea, describing it as ridiculous. After the lawyers' arrest in October, Navalny's supporters called it an attempt to isolate him even further in prison and prevent him from communicating with the outside world.
Navalny expects 'Stalinist' sentence of another 18 years in prison
Last month, Russian financial supervision included all three lawyers in the register of "terrorists and extremists," although they have yet to be convicted. Navalny himself was convicted in August on new charges related to alleged extremist activity and was sentenced to an additional 19 years on top of the 11 and a half years already served. He denies all the accusations and says they are politically motivated and aimed at silencing his criticism of the Kremlin.
The Kremlin declined to comment on his case. Authorities say they are enforcing the law against rebels encouraged by the West to destroy the nation.
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