Russia opens new investigations against Nawalni and several allies

The Russian authorities on Tuesday opened a new investigation into opposition leader Alexei Navalni and some of his allies, including activists and dissidents such as Leonid Volkov, Ivan Zdanov and Liubov Sobol.

The Investigation Committee of Russia has issued a statement indicating that, according to information from the TASS news agency, the investigation can be traced back to the alleged formation and involvement in “extremist groups”.

Russia opens new investigations against Nawalni and several allies
Russia opens new investigations against Nawalni and several allies

The authorities stressed that when Navalni became the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), which the government disbanded and classified as “extremist”, Navalni created an extremist organization.

The text indicates that the organization has been involved in “extremist activities aimed at changing the foundations of the Russian constitutions and undermining public safety and state integrity” since at least 2014. In addition, the Research Committee emphasized that eight more NGOs had been created to act as “branches” of the Foundation to run and fund the group.

Navalni became the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite not holding a public office, and led several protest movements against him in recent years.

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