Navalny affair: investigation opened for “fraud” against Russian political opponent

An investigation for “large-scale fraud” was opened in Russia against the opponent Alexeï Navalny, recovering abroad since his poisoning in August, announced Tuesday, December 29, the Russian authorities. An offense punishable by ten years’ imprisonment.

The Russian Investigative Committee has indicated thatAlexei Navalny was suspected of having spent 356 million rubles (3.9 million euros) in donations collected by “many” non-profit organizations. The authorities refer in particular to donations to the Anti-Corruption Fund, founded by the opponent, and five other human rights entities for which he is responsible. “in fact the director”.

The Investigation Committee maintains that Alexeï Navalny used this sum “for the acquisition of personal and material goods, as well as the payment of expenses (including holidays abroad) “.

“Looks like (Vladimir) Putin is having a fit of hysteria”, reacted the opponent, on his Twitter account. he valued that this new case is linked to his poisoning in Siberia at the end of August, during which he claims to have been the victim of an attack with a nerve agent, on the orders of the Kremlin.

Russia maintains for its part that there is no evidence of such a crime, despite the opponent’s discomfort in a plane in Siberia, a coma, and the results of three European laboratories establishing that he had been poisoned. “They are trying to send me to jail because I did not die and then looked for my murderers”, said Tuesday Alexei Navalny.

The opponent published last week a video of a telephone conversation with a suspected member of the FSB in which the latter, thinking to speak to an intelligence official, explains that the Russian special services have indeed poisoned Alexei Navalny. Authorities called this conversation “falsification” but never denied that the opponent’s interlocutor was indeed an agent.

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