Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Russia Denies Him Foreign Travels

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday he was suing the immigration authorities for denying him a passport to travel abroad, describing the move as an echo of Soviet times. Navalny, who led mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-2012, published a letter by the Federal Migration Service (FMS), saying he had been denied a foreign travel passport because he was serving a suspended prison term. Navalny was given a five-year suspended sentence in 2013 on charges he organized large-scale theft of timber, a sentence he described as Putin's revenge for challenging the Kremlin.