Person of the Week: Aleksei Navalny

Week-ending 6 March 2020

Accounts Of Navalny, Associate Frozen As Tycoon Deripaska Launches Lawsuit

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says his finances, along those of his wife, children, parents, and the head of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) have been frozen without explanation in a move to discredit and disgrace him. The staunch Kremlin critic wrote on his website on March 3 that bank accounts and payment cards for his family, and for FBK head Ivan Zhdanov and his family, had been blocked. RFE/RL, 3 March 2020

Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Group Fined For Failing To Register As Foreign Agent

A Russian court has fined opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) for failing to register as a foreign agent under a controversial Russian law. Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said on March 5 that the Simonov district court in Moscow ordered FBK to pay a 500,000 ruble (more than $7,500) fine. RFE/RL, 5 March 2020

Kremlin Critic Navalny Files Suit Against Russia At European Rights Court

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) have lodged a complaint against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights claiming authorities are “unlawfully” impeding their political activities. The European Human Rights Advocacy Center (EHRAC), which is part of the team representing the applicants in the case, said in a statement on March 6 that “a large and invasive criminal investigation into alleged money laundering by FBK staff” by Russian officials is little more than an attempt to stall their pro-democracy efforts. RFE/RL, 6 March 2020

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