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Crackdown on Moscow Political Opposition Intensifies

Expand A mass peaceful protest by the Moscow election commission building, July 14, 2019. © 2013 © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin After denying numerous opposition candidates the chance to run in the city’s election, Russian authorities doubled down on Wednesday by opening a criminal investigation into “election interference,” targeting some of the very candidates who were excluded and their most active supporters. If prosecuted, they face up to five years in prison. Authorities also raided some opposition candidates’ homes and arrested several outspoken Kremlin critics.  This unfolded against a…

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