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Lawyer Ivan Pavlov (C back), who is facing a criminal charge for disclosing pre-trial investigation findings, talks to journalists outside Moscow's Basmanny District Court after a remand hearing, 30 April 2021, Vyacheslav ProkofyevTASS via Getty Images

Rights groups express solidarity with Russian human rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov

Pavlov, who is charged with disclosing details of a preliminary investigation which has been declared secret, most recently defended Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation against criminal accusations of extremism.

People hold newspapers during a rally in support of free speech and journalist Ivan Golunov, of the online news portal Meduza, who was facing an investigation at the time, St Petersburg, Russia, 12 June 2019, Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images

Russia designates independent news outlets Meduza and PASMI as “foreign agents”

Since 2017, Russian authorities have labelled media outlets that receive foreign funding and individual journalists who worked with them as “foreign agents”. The list includes Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Czech Republic-based outlet Medium Orient, and five individual RFE/RL journalists.

Berlin, Germany, 10 April 2021. Photos of Russian opposition members are placed near the Brandenburg Gate, as organisers call for the release of Alexey Navalny, who is held in a penal camp and on a hunger strike, Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images

Russia: Attempt to ban civil society groups linked to Alexey Navalny

The Moscow prosecutor’s office is seeking a court ruling to declare several groups linked to Navalny “extremist”. If this designation is imposed, these groups’ activities would be banned and their staff members and supporters could face criminal prosecution.