Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund sues President Putin

Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund sues President Putin

Oppositionists have accused the guarantor of the constitution of organizing political persecution.

Oppositionists have accused the guarantor of the constitution of organizing political persecution.

Aleksey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) filed a lawsuit in Moscow’s Tverskoy Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin demanding that his inaction with respect to the violation of the constitutional rights of the defendants in the criminal case against money laundering be declared unlawful. The plaintiffs were the FBK, Navalny and more than 10 employees of the fund.

“We believe that the President of the Russian Federation, Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich, for the purpose exacting revenge on the non-profit organization Anti-Corruption Fund and its employees for carrying out anti-corruption investigations, instructed officials of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation to illegally institute criminal proceedings and conduct investigative actions aimed at forcibly holding power causing damage and obstructing the activities of the non-profit organization Anti-Corruption Fund,” the lawsuit reads.

The court registered the lawsuit, but has not yet decided whether to consider it. For this reason, the Kremlin considered the discussion of complaints to be premature, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti

A criminal case against the FBK was initiated on August 3, 2019. According to the investigation, in 2016–2018 a group of people received more than 75.5 million rubles ($ 1,18 million) from unknown sources and deposited them on the FBK’s accounts, masking the criminal origin of the money. As part of the investigation, security officials conducted several dozen searches at Navalny’s headquarters and at the FBK office at total of about 200 addresses. Bank accounts of more than 100 individuals and legal entities associated with the activities of the fund have been blocked.

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