Kremlin critic says under pressure not to return to Russia

March 25, 2015 8:44 PM

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Kremlin critic says under pressure not to return to Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Ilya Ponomaryov said on Wednesday he was under pressure from state authorities not to return to Russia after reports that the country's prosecutors asked parliament to lift his immunity as an opposition lawmaker.

Opposition members accuse the Kremlin of persecuting critics of President Vladimir Putin and say the former Soviet spy is responsible for the campaign that culminated in the Feb.27 killing of senior opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

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