Navalny’s companion Leonid Volkov arrested for 20 days
The activist was detained for holding a rally against raising the retirement age.
Moscow’s Simonovsky Court arrested former head of Alexey Navalny’s campaign headquarters Leonid Volkov for 20 days for holding a rally last September against raising the retirement age, during which unknown persons scratched a Toyota Camry. This was announced by Volkov himself on Twitter. As Navalny noted, Volkov’s protocol was rewritten several times and his charged was changed.
The court found Volkov guilty of holding a public event that caused damage to property (para. 4 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code), although after the arrest the police have been talking about a repeated violation of the procedure for holding a rally (para. 8 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code). Then, in the protocol, the paragraph eight was replaced by the second one – event organization, lawyer Alexander Pomazuev told Mediazona. As a result, on May 22 they familiarized themselves with the protocol, where it was said about the fourth paragraph, property damage.
According to Volkov, on the day of the rally he was in Vilnius, and the police claimed that he was conducting a video broadcast from the rally’s venue.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.