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

This file photo, taken on September 3, 2020, is presented by the Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Ivan Zhtanov, during an interview with AFP in Moscow (Photo: AFP)
This file photo, taken on September 3, 2020, is presented by the Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Ivan Zhtanov, during an interview with AFP in Moscow (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 publishes an internal database with information about his case, 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 capture or arrest.

To affect that situation, He called on the Russians to support Navalny’s “smart watt” initiative in the face of parliamentarians in September. This includes supporting a candidate who has the best chance of defeating 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)

A Russian judge this Wednesday outlawed the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) – the illegal concentration of senior Russian officials – the 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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