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Russia puts Navalny's ally under house arrest ahead of protest

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition figure Lyubov Sobol gives a news conference in Moscow, Russia January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court ordered Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, to be held under house arrest until March 23 for breaching COVID-19 restrictions, her lawyer wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Sobol was detained on Wednesday along with other members of Navalny’s team and his brother Oleg Navalny ahead of a protest on Sunday. Navalny’s allies called for nation-wide rallies to demand his release from jail.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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