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Two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK have said they were merely tourists.
The president says Russia's biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union are purely defensive.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia has found the suspects in Skripal poisoning case, and that they are civilians.
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".