Defiant but cornered: Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny’s movement is on the ropes

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By Andrew Osborn, Anton Zverev and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) – He has been poisoned, jailed and his close aides are either being prosecuted or have fled abroad. His anti-Kremlin opposition movement is now also likely to soon be outlawed as extremist. Yet Alexei Navalny and his supporters continue to work on ways to remain a thorn in President Vladimir Putin’s side, even as one of his most important financial backers says the movement in its current form is finished and will take time to rebound. In the eyes of the Kremlin, the only half-meaningful political weapon the Navalny camp has lef…

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