Kremlin critic’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh to be held under house arrest pending trial until January next year.

A Russian court has ordered jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh to be held under house arrest pending trial until January next year, her lawyer and allies said.

Russia has cracked down hard on the opposition in advance of parliamentary elections in September. Most of Navalny’s prominent allies have either left Russia or are facing prosecution.

The 31-year-old has been under house arrest since February after authorities accused her of breaching coronavirus restrictions at a protest in support of the jailed Kremlin critic. She has said the charges are politically motivated.

Yarmysh has been Navalny’s spokesperson since 2014, after working with him when he ran in a

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