The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has opened a new criminal case against the ex-head of Navalny’s Headquarters Leonid Volkov and the former head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Ivan Zhdanov. Previously, both of these organizations, created by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, were recognized by the Russian authorities as extremist.
“Based on the results of the procedural check in the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia, a criminal case was initiated against Leonid Volkov, Ivan Zhdanov and other persons. They are suspected of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 282.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (collection of funds and provision of financial services, deliberately intended to finance an extremist organization) “, – it says in the press release of the RF IC.
The ministry added that “by a court decision that entered into legal force, the non-profit organizations“ Anti-Corruption Fund ”and“ Citizens Rights Defense Fund ”were recognized as extremist organizations and liquidated, and extremist activities of the Navalny Headquarters public movement were banned.
At the same time, on August 5, 2021, a video was posted on various Internet resources with the participation of Ivan Zhdanov, who served as director of the FBK, and Leonid Volkov, who led the Navalny Headquarters movement. “Realizing that these organizations were recognized as extremist, Volkov and Zhdanov announced the continuation of their illegal activities and organized a fundraiser, urging an unlimited number of people to support Navalny’s Team and fund them by donating at the link they indicated. In addition, they reported on methods of transferring funds and cryptocurrencies in conditions of secrecy and anonymity of the donor from law enforcement agencies, ”the RF IC reported.
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