National Post (National Edition)

NAVALNY'S ALLY DETAINED

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MOSCOW Russia opened a criminal case on Friday against Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, accusing her of violently trespassin­g when she tried to doorstep an alleged secret agent who Navalny says was part of a plot to kill him.

Navalny's supporters say Sobol rang the doorbell of an alleged FSB security service officer on Monday. Navalny had accused the woman of taking part in a bungled plot to poison him with a nerve agent in August.

The FSB has dismissed Navalny's accusation­s.

The move against Sobol is the latest in a clampdown on the Kremlin's opponents before next year's parliament­ary election. Sobol has been seeking to run, although outspoken critics are often barred from standing.

The Investigat­ive Committee, which handles serious crime probes, said Sobol tricked a courier to get into a block of flats and barged into the woman's flat when she opened the door, adding Sobol was suspected of using violence to illegally enter.

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