In this Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures while speaking in a court room in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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Russian law enforcement authorities Thursday carried out mass raids on the homes and offices of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's supporters, as part of an investigation into money-laundering.Searches took place in 39 towns and cities, four days after the ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, lost a third of its seats in the Moscow city assembly while easily retaining its dominant nationwide position.Authorities told activists that the searches were related to a money-laundering investigation into Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, an organization that has published embarrassing investigations into what it says is the wrongdoing of corrupt officials.
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