Russian opposition activists face government attempts to censor Internet as they plan rally

Supporters of Russia's most prominent opposition leader are preparing to protest near the Kremlin despite government efforts to hamper their plans by Internet censorship.

Last week, prosecutors asked a court to sentence Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief foe, to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding a cosmetics company, charges he dismissed as ludicrous.

Navalny's supporters set up a group on Facebook to organize a protest outside the Kremlin on Jan. 15, the day of the verdict. But the Russian communications oversight agency said it immediately requested that Facebook block the group, which it did over the weekend.

Access to the Facebook page in Russia has remained blocked, but Navalny supporters continued Tuesday to discuss the protest plans on Twitter and other platforms.

Facebook had no immediate comment.