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MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian police on Friday (April 30) detained prominent rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who is representing jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, on criminal charges, his organisation said. Team 29, of which Mr Pavlov is head, said on its website that the lawyer is facing charges of disclosing information of a preliminary investigation, an offence punishable by up to three months in jail. It was not immediately clear which case the charges are related to. "The head of Team 29, Ivan Pavlov, has been detained after a search in Moscow," the organisation wrote. The Saint Petersburg-based group describes itself as an association of lawyers and journalists fighting for freedom of speech in Russia, where it is known for defending people accused of treason. The organisation is named after Article 29 of Russia's Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech, and Chapter 29 of the country's criminal code, which defines crimes against the state including treason and espionage. Mr Pavlov is defending Navalny's network of regional offices and his Anti-Corruption Foundation after prosecutors moved in April to designate them as extremist, equating them with the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda and banning them in Russia. He
LONDON (REUTERS) - Covid-19 infections in adults of all ages fell by 65 per cent after a first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine in UK research, which scientists said showed the real-world impact of the nation's immunisation campaign against the pandemic. Crucially, the research was conducted at a time when a new and more infectious variant of the coronavirus, called B117, was dominant in Britain, but still found vaccination was just as effective in elderly people and those with underlying health conditions as it was in the young and healthy. "These real-world findings are extremely promising," health minister James Bethell said in a statement as the data were published. He said they showed Britain's Covid-19 vaccination programme - one of the world's fastest - was having a "significant impact". The data come from two studies that are part of the Covid-19 Infection Survey - a collaboration between Oxford University, the government's health department, and the Office of National Statistics. Both studies were published online as preprints on Friday and have not yet been peer-reviewed. The researchers analysed more than 1.6 million test results from nose and throat swabs taken from 373,402 study participants between Dec 1,