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Alexey Navalny: Russian authorities launch new criminal investigation against Russian opposition leader


#Russia’s main investigative body said on #Tuesday that it had launched a new criminal case against #Navalny on charges of fraud related to his alleged mishandling of $5 million in donations to his #Anti-Corruption #Foundation and other organizations.

The foundation has been the subject of a number of criminal and administrative cases, which #Navalny and his allies believe are politically motivated.

“#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 in a statement. “These funds were intended solely for the purposes of these foundations.”

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The #Investigative #Committee alleges that #Navalny, as the head of these organizations, conspired with others and “spent more than 356 million rubles [$4.8 million] of these funds on personal [expenses],” including purchases of property and “holidays abroad.”

“#Thus, the funds collected from citizens have been stolen,” the committee said.

The move came after #Russian penal authorities threatened to jail the opposition politician for failing to comply with the terms of his suspended sentence in a yearsold case if he failed to show up for a hearing in #Moscow on #Tuesday morning — an implausible timeline given the 10 hours’ notice.

#Navalny, who is currently in #Germany after receiving treatment at #Berlin’s #Charite clinic following his poisoning in #August with the nerve agent #Novichok that he blamed on the #Kremlin, mocked the probe on #Tuesday.

“#It looks like #Putin is in hysterics,” #Navalny said of the #Russian #President on #Twitter.

A recent investigation by CNN in cooperation with the investigative journalism website #Bellingcat revealed that an FSB toxins team of about six to 10 agents trailed #Navalny for more than three years before he was poisoned in #August with the lethal nerve agent.
#That report was followed by the revelation by a #Russian agent sent to tail #Navalny that they planted the nerve agent in his underpants, a detail that emerged when #Navalny called the man and, posing as a member of #Russia’s #National #Security #Council, pressed him for details of the operation.

#Navalny said the cases by the #Russian authorities were an attempt to put him behind bars, or block him from returning to the country.

“#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 in a post on #Instagram on #Tuesday.

“I haven’t been silent even before an attempt on my life, now even more so I won’t remain silent.”

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#Navalny has repeatedly accused #Putin of ordering his poisoning. The #Kremlin has denied the claim.



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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/29/europe/alexey-navalny-criminal-investigation-intl/index.html

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