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Russia ramps up pressure on critic Navalny with new investigation


#Russia opened a new investigation #Tuesday into #Alexei #Navalny, ramping up pressure on one of #Moscow’s most outspoken critics.

#Russia’s #Investigative #Committee said in a statement that it was launching the new fraud probe over allegations he misused $5 million in donations to his #Anti-Corruption #Foundation and other firms.

#Navalny’s foundation has been the subject of an array of investigations by the #Russian government, though he and his allies have said the inquiries are attempts to undermine the opposition movement.

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“#It was found that for the needs of a number of non-profit organizations, including the #Anti-Corruption #Foundation … more than 588 million rubles [$7.9 million] have been collected from individuals as donations,” the #Investigative #Committee said. “These funds were intended solely for the purposes of these foundations.”

The body specifically accused #Navalny of spending over $4.8 million for personal expenses, money the #Investigative #Committee said was “stolen.”

The announcement of the criminal probe marks an escalation of #Moscow’s efforts to squeeze #Navalny. #Authorities threatened to imprison #Navalny for not complying with his suspended sentence on an old case if he did not appear at a #Tuesday hearing in #Moscow. #Navalny is currently in #Germany receiving treatment from his #August poisoning and was given a 10-hour notice to appear in court.

#Moscow is believed to be behind the #August attack on the opposition leader, which followed similar poisonings of other #Kremlin critics.

#Navalny said in an #Instagram post that the new cases against him were part of #Moscow’s broader efforts to silence him over his criticism of #President #Vladimir #Putin#Vladimir #Vladimirovich #PutinRussia acknowledges COVID-19 death toll is three times what was previously reported #Russia critic #Navalny threatened with jail if he doesn’t immediately return from #Germany #Putin to get #Russian coronavirus vaccine MORE following the poisoning.

“#This was not that hard to predict. I said from the beginning … they will try to jail me because I didn’t die on the plane and then tracked down my assassins. #Because I proved that #Putin is behind it and that he is a thief who is ready to kill those who refused to be silent about his thievery,” #Navalny said #Tuesday.





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https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/532038-russia-ramps-up-pressure-on-critic-navalny-with-new-investigation

##Russia #ramps #pressure #critic ##Navalny #investigation

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