Navalny unveiled his plan hours after President Vladimir Putin, who polls suggest is a shoo-in for re-election, registered his candidacy.
The foiled attack was to have been carried out on Kazansky Cathedral.
The defence ministry’s forays into areas long regarded as the preserve of the foreign ministry are raising eyebrows in Russia, where strict protocol means ministers usually hold talks only with their direct foreign counterparts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum shows he is prepared to stand up to Washington but also wants to avoid directly affecting US investment.
“We have already said we are absolutely unaware of this story, we have never been in contact with this lawyer,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Qatar dispute with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
Alexei Navalny has emerged as a major irritant for the Kremlin after thousands of people across Russia attended anti-graft protests he organised in March.
Following the economic sanctions placed on Russia by Ukraine earlier this weeks, the country is accusing Russia of an organised cyber attack on its government.
Forty-year-old former lawyer Alexei Navalny has made a name for himself inside Russia investigating the finances of top government officials.
The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with “pro-Russian” forces in the West. In France’s upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Trump’s tough talk on North Korea’s nuclear programme and decision to dispatch a naval strike force to the region appear to have buried any Russian hopes that he might intervene less in foreign affairs than his predecessors.
An adversary of EU expansion, Vladimir Putin is pleased to see Turkey’s chance of acquiring full EU membership rapidly diminish.
According to a 2010 UN report, each year about 14,000 Russian women become victims of domestic violence, at the hands of husbands and other relatives.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
US military’s largest troop movement to Europe in decades arrived at Poland on Thursday along with tanks and heavy equipment reinforcing Washington’s commitment to its allies.
For a population tired of the ups and downs they have seen over the years, 2017 brings with it fears of instability along with aspirations of reform.
Ulyukayev, whose ministry oversees sale of state assets, is the highest-ranking Russian official to be detained while in office since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
With the US election over and passions abating, it’s worth asking: how bad are things between the US and Russia and what might Trump realistically do to change the equation?
Instead of turning the Russian public against their leaders, as the West had hoped, sanctions seem to have made Russian patriotism take on an increasingly anti-Western character.
Putin’s 16-years-old United Russia party won 76% of the seats in parliament in a weekend election.