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MOSCOW — A Russian courtroom on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for an opposition activist on expenses of disparaging the navy, and auhorities declared different activists and bloggers “international brokers” amid efforts to muzzle criticism of Russia’s motion in Ukraine.

Moscow’s Basmanny District Courtroom ordered the arrest of Maxim Katz, an opposition activist and blogger who has left Russia. He’s accused of spreading false details about the Russian navy, expenses that carry a jail sentence of as much as 10 years.

Days after Russian President Vladimir Putin despatched troops into Ukraine final February, Russian lawmakers authorised laws outlawing the disparagement of the Russian navy or the unfold of “false data” about what the Kremlin calls “the particular navy operation” in Ukraine.

Courts throughout the nation have more and more handed out jail phrases to critics of Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

They included a outstanding opposition politician, Ilya Yashin, who was sentenced to 8½ years in jail on expenses of discrediting the navy, and one other prime opposition determine, Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has been jailed on the identical expenses and is now going through trial.

Katz was declared a “international agent” final 12 months, a designation that brings further authorities scrutiny and carries sturdy pejorative connotations.

The authorities have used the label to boost strain on unbiased media and nongovernmental organizations.

On Thursday, the Justice Ministry additional expanded the listing of “international brokers,” including main human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov and common blogger Ilya Varlamov, amongst others. Each have been essential of Russia’s operation in Ukraine.