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Navalny's press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, said the accusations were based on their comments on YouTube

Russian authorities have opened criminal cases against eight associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in prison, under an article about spreading “fake news” ” about the actions of the Russian army that invaded Ukraine six months ago.

Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Telegram that the charges against her and the other seven people were based on their YouTube statements about alleged bombings Russian military strikes against the civilian population of Ukraine and calls for Russian military enlistment offices to be set on fire.

Navalny was arrested in January 2021 while returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning, guilty of which he lays on the Kremlin. He was sent to prison for two and a half years on parole violations.

In March, Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of fraud and contempt of court. He dismissed the allegations as politically motivated, calling them an attempt by the authorities to keep him behind bars for as long as possible.