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30 Aug, 2021 15:53

Another close Navalny associate leaves Russia: Spokeswoman Yarmysh travels to Finland after legal troubles, Interfax reports

Kira Yarmysh, spokeswoman for Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, has fled the country, becoming the latest of the jailed activist's close associates to leave following legal issues, according to unconfirmed media reports.
Another close Navalny associate leaves Russia: Spokeswoman Yarmysh travels to Finland after legal troubles, Interfax reports

Citing two unnamed sources, Moscow news agency Interfax reported that Yarmysh had left for Finland. She is yet to make a statement.

If confirmed, Yarmysh's move follows that of another Navalny team member, Lyubov Sobol, who departed earlier this month after receiving a one-and-half-year sentence of 'restricted freedom,' including a ban against traveling outside the Moscow region. However, Sobol has indicated that she intends to return.

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On August 16, a Moscow court also sentenced Yarmysh to the same punishment. She too was part of the so-called 'Sanitary Case,' with Sobol. The charges, leveled against ten Navalny associates, accuse the group of inciting people to gather for unauthorised protests in violation of restrictions at preventing the spread of Covid-19, earlier this year.

If confirmed, Yarmysh will be joining the likes of Navalny's right-hand man Leonid Volkov, who has also moved to the EU. Volkov is based in Lithuania.

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