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Navalny Associate's House Arrest Extended

MOSCOW -- The house arrest of an associate of outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny has been extended.

A court in Moscow ruled on April 15 that Konstantin Yankauskas's house arrest must be prolonged until June 11.

Yankauskas was placed under house arrest on June 11, 2014. The arrest has been prolonged several times since then.

Yankauskas, a district council member in Moscow, and two other Navalny associates, Nikolai Lyaskin and Vladimir Ashurkov, are accused of election-law violations and fraud related to funding of Navalny's campaign for Moscow mayor in 2013.

Ashurkov, the executive director of Navalny's anticorruption foundation, said he received asylum in Britain last month.

Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin and a driving force behind street protests in 2011-2012, has received two suspended sentences on theft convictions.

He denies wrongdoing, saying the cases against him and his associates are the Kremlin's revenge for his opposition activities.

With reporting by Interfax and

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