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Russia issues arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya

Russia issues arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya

A Moscow court has issued an arrest warrant for the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to Russian state media.

The charges brought against Yulia Navalnaya, who lives outside Russia, relate to her "participation in an extremist society", writes the BBC.

Alexey Navalny died on February 16 in prison in Siberia where he was serving a 19-year sentence after being found guilty of creating an extremist community, financing extremist activists and other crimes in August.

Navalny was Russia's most senior opposition leader and spent years criticizing Putin, who has been in power for nearly a quarter of a century.

His wife, Yulia Navalnaya, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin in February of being responsible for his death and indicated that she would take up her husband's mantle for a "happy and beautiful Russia".