Ministry of Internal Affairs suspects Navalny’s FBK management of money laundering and tax evasion
The Ministry checked the oppositionists’ accounts and found the sources of funds doubtful.
The police checked the bank accounts of the management of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) and suspected the opposition members of tax evasion and money laundering, unnamed sources of the Project publication reported. The publication managed to obtain the materials of the MIA’s pre-investigation check.
“The essence of what is happening (besides intimidating everyone once again before the rallies) is to destroy the regional network of our offices, the most effective tool of grass-roots political work in Russia,” head of Alexey Navalny’s federal HQ Leonid Volkov commented the news.
The MIA checked the accounts of the FBK members in a number of banks and, according to Project, only through Alfa-Bank in 2017-2018 more than a billion rubles ($ 15,4 million) were wired. The turnover on Volkov’s accounts allegedly amounted to 540 million rubles ($ 8,3 million). Almost 36 million rubles ($ 555,000) Volkov deposited in cash through ATMs. The MIA saw the similar case by the former director of FBK, Roman Rubanov, and an employee of the fund, Ruslan Shakeddinov. This money “could come from abroad from third parties and have signs of ‘doubtfulness’,” the Interior Ministry considered.
“Well, that is, it was not the citizens from all over the country donated tens of millions of rubles to us every month for Navalny’s presidential campaign, for the work of offices, for meetings and investigations – this money “comes from abroad.” And these citizens do not exist. And this money did not pay salaries, did not rent offices, did not print leaflets, did not carry out a huge work visible to the whole country – and the money was ‘laundered’,” Leonid Volkov wrote on Facebook.
Law enforcement agencies have not given any official reports about criminal cases initiated against the employees of the FBK.
In December 2019, a case of non-execution of the court’s decision was initiated FBK’s former director Roman Rubanov – he did not delete the movie “He is not your Dimon” about the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev from YouTube. Rubanov fled abroad, after which he was put on the wanted list.