Russian officials have blocked access to the website of opposition prison leader Alexey Navalny, along with dozens of other sites run by his allies.
Russian Internet regulator Roskomnadzor said it was blocking navalny.com along with the other sites at the request of the prosecutor general.
Included on the blocked sites is the site of Navalny’s leading strategist, Leonid Volkov, along with the site of Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption, and the site of the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors union.
The move comes ahead of the September parliamentary election, which is seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to increase his support ahead of a 2024 presidential election.
Last month, a Russian court ruled that organizations affiliated with Navalny were ‘extremist’, barring them from acting and preventing people affiliated with them from running for public office.
Navalny is Putin’s most prominent critic, and his organization has campaigned to expose corruption in Russia.
He is currently serving a 2 1/2 year prison sentence for parole violations as a result of a conviction in 2014, which he said was politically motivated.
Navalny accused the Kremlin of trying to poison him with a nerve agent, an accusation the government denies.
His arrest and jail time earlier this year sparked a wave of protests across Russia and was condemned by Western countries.
Some information for this report comes from The Associated Press and Reuters.