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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow in September 2019. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Russia opened a new criminal case against opposition figure Alexei Navalny that could leave him in jail for an additional decade, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Navalny, who survived an assassination attempt by Russian security forces last year, is already serving out a three-year prison sentence on parole violations that he and Western nations have condemned as politically motivated.

  • In February, he was found guilty of breaking the terms of his parole by staying in Germany while he recovered from the attempted poisoning.

Navalny was named as a suspect for founding and leading an extremist group in the new case, according to Reuters.

  • A Russian court labeled Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, created to expose corruption within the Kremlin, "extremist" in June, meaning that anyone associated with the group could face prison sentences of up to 10 years.

The big picture: It comes after the Russian government opened three additional investigations against him in May and the country's recent parliamentary elections, during which President Vladimir Putin's ruling party retained its supermajority, Axios' Zachary Basu reports.

  • The elections were condemned by the U.S. as being marred by widespread irregularities, including reports of ballot-stuffing and restrictions on Putin critics and oppositional candidates.
  • Before the elections, Apple and Google deleted a voting assistance app associated with Navalny from their app stores after the Kremlin threatened to arrest their employees and fine them.

What they're saying: Navalny, in his first interview since his arrest in January, likened his experience as a political prisoner in Russia to a person in a "Chinese labor camp."

Go deeper: Alexei Navalny describes "psychological violence" in first interview from jail

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Oct 20, 2021 - World

Putin supports week at home for workers amid rising COVID-19 deaths

A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Belorussky railway station on October 20, 2021. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday supported a proposal to institute a non-working week to curb record high coronavirus deaths, AP reports.

Driving the news: Putin said Wednesday that he backs a non-working period, where workers will stay at home, beginning Oct. 30 and continuing through the following week, when four of seven days are already state holidays, per AP.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

FTX CEO predicts more U.S. crypto flight

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

FTX doesn't look much like a company valued at $25 billion. Its new headquarters, located in a sleepy part of The Bahamas, is so nondescript as to not even have a sign. But it does expect to soon have neighbors.

Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tells "Axios on HBO" to expect "more and more crypto flight from the states" if the U.S. doesn't soon create a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.

Developed countries reveal $100 billion climate finance plan ahead of COP26

Alok Sharma, head of the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, speaks in Paris on Oct. 12. ( Li Yang/China News Service via Getty Images)

After 12 years of fits and starts, industrialized nations on Monday put forward a detailed plan to provide at least $100 billion annually in climate aid to developing countries starting by 2023.

Why it matters: The plan, presented by representatives of Canada and Germany, is aimed at defusing one of the biggest sources of tension at COP26, which is the failure of industrialized nations to follow through on their financial commitments.