The Kremlin is stepping up its effort to guarantee favourable results at the polls on March 18 having arrested Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny in Moscow on February 22.

The charismatic young Navalny, a fierce critic President Vladimir Putin, has organised dozens of anti-government protests and published reports mass alleging corruption in Russia's ruling elite. He has been barred from the country's presidential election due to a conviction on charges that he contends were politically...

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