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World News: Russia opens new criminal case against Kremlin critic Navalny, threatens more jail time Updated: 2021-09-29 09:26:48 KST

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Russia upped its campaign against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday, opening a new criminal case against him, that could hand him another decade in jail.
The new case and its details were published on the website of Russia's Investigative Committee, which looks into major crimes in the country, naming Navalny as being suspected of founding and leading an extremist group.
Crimes of this nature carry a maximum sentence of ten years.
The latest statements also noted Navalny's key allies who are also suspects in the same case, accusing them of carrying on with their alleged illegal activities after their group had been banned as extremist.
Navalny is already serving two-and-a-half years in prison for parole violations, which he says were created to thwart his political ambitions.
The charges were handed down after the Kremlin critic was flown to Germany last year for medical treatment after being poisoned in Siberia, with what many Western experts say was the military nerve agent Novichok.
Navalny has continuously accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of ordering the attack, something the Kremlin has denied.

Over to the U.S., where Los Angeles County is set to dismiss 58-thousand more marijuana convictions dating back more than three decades, due to California's legalization of recreational marijuana a few years back.
According to the county district attorney on Monday, dismissing the convictions will mean the possibility of a better future for thousands of "disenfranchised people", allowing them to find jobs, housing and other services that previously were denied due to the cannabis laws.
The latest decision will bring the total number of felony and misdemeanor marijuana convictions set for dismissal to 124-thousand.

And finally in Denmark, a cassette tape recording of an interview with Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, including a never-released song was sold at an auction in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The winning bid?

"370,000, I'm selling, it's your bid, three hundred and seventy thousand."

That's 370-thousand Danish crowns, which comes out to 58,300 US dollars.
The tape featuring the song "Radio Peace", was recorded on January 5,1970 by four 16-year-old Danish students, who had succeeded in getting an interview with the couple for a school magazine.
During the 33-minute recording, Lennon talks about the couple's peace campaign, as well as his frustration with the Beatles' image.
According to the auction house, the interview was conducted as Lennon and Yoko Ono arrived in northern Denmark in late 1969, and stayed at an isolated farm for more than a month.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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