‘Money laundering’: Navalny’s foundation in crosshairs

Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over laundering a billion Russian rubles (about $ 15.4 mln); the Anti-Corruption Fund led by Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny being involved in the case.

According to the investigators, in 2016-2018, a number of persons ‘relating to the activities of the NGO Anti=Corruption Foundation, including its employees’, received money from third parties.

The names of suspects in the criminal case have not been reported.

“They must be intending to criminate all the donations (that went through my account) calling them ‘money laundering’, i.e. to close the door on financing Navalny’s regional offices impossible,” the politician’s associate Leonid Volkov said on Facebook.

In its recent investigation, the Anti-Corruption Foundation said that Natalia Sergunina, First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, was linked to multimillion-dollar property. The sum in question is 6.5 bnRussian rubles (more than $102 mln).

On July 24, the riot police arrested Alexei Navalny over his call on Muscovites to take part in the unauthorised rally on July, 27. The politician has to spend 30 days in jail, so does activist Mark Galperin. Konstantin Kotov and Alexander Archagov got a 10-day term in custody each.

As reported earlier, Russians started protesting against the authorities’ refusal to register opposition and independent candidates for the elections to the Moscow City Duma. On July 27, during the dispersal of the rally, law enforcers used batons and stun guns and detained 1,388 people.

On July 28, Navalny was taken to hospital due to a ‘severe allergic reaction’. Physician Anastasia Vasilyeva, who earlier treated Navalny, does not rule out that ‘toxic damage’ to the skin and mucous membranes was caused by an unknown chemical substance and is the result of the action of a third person.

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