Almost a third of Russians backs prosecution of Navalny’s FBK
According to investigators, those close to the fund, as well as the organization employees laundered about 1 billion rubles ($15.000.000) obtained by criminal means through FBK’s accounts in 2016-2018.
About a third of Russians support the searches in the regional offices of the Anti-Corruption Fund founded by the opposition leader Alexey Navalny and criminal cases against FBK employees, the findings of a Levada Center survey have shown, according to Vedomosti.
12% of respondents believe that the state is curbing money laundering in that way, and 18% said that the authorities are protecting Russians from foreign “agents of influence”. According to another 18%, the situation around FBK suggests that investigations of corruption are being suppressed.
In general, almost half of the respondents have heard about the FBK situation. At the same time, 9% of respondents assess Navalny’s activities positively and 25% negatively. 31% said they were neutral or did not know anything about them.
The Investigative Committee launched an inquiry into the laundering of 1 billion rubles, which had been given to FBK, in August. According to investigators, those close to the fund, as well as the organization employees received “a large amount of money that had been obtained through criminal means” from third parties from January 2016 to December 2018. Subsequently, the funds were deposited through Moscow ATMs into settlement accounts of several banks. In early October, the Justice Ministry recognized FBK as a foreign agent.