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Russia warns against re-posting opposition blogger

Published on Apr 2, 2014 2:47 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian prosecutors have warned against sharing online any information from protest leader and blogger Alexei Navalny, who is under house arrest and banned from using the Internet, his supporters said Tuesday.

Navalny, whose popular blog and Twitter feed have been instrumental in the protest movement against President Vladimir Putin, was put under house arrest in February in an embezzlement probe and denied Internet access.

But his supporters have continued writing his Live Journal blog and tweets on his behalf - which rankles Russian authorities.

In a letter published on Navalny's blog, allegedly to a Russian Internet provider, the Moscow prosecutors complain that "groups connected with (Navalny) continue publishing information in his name." The prosecutors' letter did not identify the people but said it was a violation of house arrest rules, particularly because the messages posted online urge Russians to attend protest rallies.

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