Russian court curbs freedom of doctor who treated and supported Navalny

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A Russian court on Thursday imposed one year of restrictions on Anastasia Vasilyeva, a doctor who treated and supported Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, after finding her guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety rules.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, the head of Russia's Alliance of Doctors union and a personal physician of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, arrives at a court building before a hearing in Moscow, Russia September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Reuters) -

Vasilyeva, head of the Doctors Alliance trade union, was convicted for urging people to join a protest earlier this year to demand the release of Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic critic, from prison.

The authorities said her behaviour at the time was irresponsible and illegal given a COVID-19-related ban on large public gatherings. Vasilyeva said her prosecution was politically-motivated.

The ruling bans her from travelling outside Moscow, from leaving her home…
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