"Thousands of people gathered in front of the Church of the Holy Mother of God in the south-eastern Moscow district of Marino to say goodbye to Alexei Navalny," the Kremlin's opposition TV station "Dozhd" ("Rain") reported.

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Since yesterday, the police presence in the area has been increased.

"Due to the mourning ceremony, students in Marino have to stay in their schools after classes today," the media added

The Netherlands-based Moscow Times reported mobile internet problems in Marino.

The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, today banned events commemorating a critic of Vladimir Putin on the grounds of measures against the spread of the coronavirus infection.

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