August 1, 2021

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Russia mounts pressure on Alexei Navalny: orders arrest of imprisoned director of rival NGO

Ivan Zhtanov, Director of the Anti-Corruption Trust, presents this file during an interview with AFP in Moscow on September 3, 2020 (Photo: AFP)

Issued a search and arrest warrant against the Russian Interior Ministry Ivan Zhtanov, Director, Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) -NGO founded by jailed Russian rival Alexei Navalny-, Two days later Organizations associated with imprisoned politicians are illegal in this country.

Two days after FBK was declared a terrorist organization, I have already been searched and capturedZhtanov wrote in a message posted on Instagram.

Navalny’s collaborator released a capture with information about his case from the internal database, indicating The judge wants him under the article of the Russian Penal Code.

“I do not know why, but it’s related to the dozens of criminal cases they have opened against me.” Zhtanov, who emigrated from Russia in the fall of 2019 following the launch of a criminal case against FBK on charges of money laundering.

According to the opponent, Navalny’s collaborators today have two options: Search and catch or arrest.

To affect that situation, He called on the Russians to support Navalny’s “smart wat” initiative in the face of parliamentarians in September. This includes supporting the candidate most likely to defeat a representative of the ruling United Russia party.

Russian opposition politicians Alexei Navalny, Lyubov Sopol and Ivan Zhtanov (Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov)
Russian opposition politicians Alexei Navalny, Lyubov Sopol and Ivan Zhtanov (Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov)

Russian judge this Wednesday called on the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) – Illegal Enrichment among Senior Russian Officials – Fund for the Defense of Civil Rights (FZPG) and the Network of Opposition Offices, By declaring them “extremists” and preventing their members and followers from standing for election at any level.

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Judgment refers to it Anyone who has been associated with these three organizations or supported them in any way can not run for public office for up to five years.

In addition, employees and those seeking to pursue banned organizations face Imprisonment for up to six years.

FBK is also listed Foreign agentsTherefore, its operation within Russia is prohibited.

With information from EFE, EuropaPress and AFP

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