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Alexei Navalny is an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Google has taken down YouTube videos by Alexei Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, ahead of elections for regional governors in Russia.

The videos showed Mr Navalny calling for Russians to take part in protests on 9 September against raising the retirement age.

One of Mr Navalny's aides said the removal of the ads amounted to "political censorship".

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