The police came with searches to more than ten oppositionists in the Kemerovo region and Bashkiria. Most of them were employees or volunteers of Navalny’s headquarters, informs OVD-Info.
In Kemerovo, the security forces came to the former employees of Navalny’s headquarters, Dmitry Didenko and Elizaveta Slavinskaya, as well as to the former volunteer Daria Romanchuk. They did not conduct a search at Slavinskaya, since her mother is presumably sick with a coronavirus. Police seized all equipment from Didenko and Romanchuk. All three activists were questioned as witnesses.
In Novokuznetsk, searches were also carried out on the premises of an activist of the “Vesna” movement and the technical director of “Skat.media” Fyodor Reguzov, as well as on the former candidate to the State Duma Denis Shakin.
In Ufa, the security forces came to the former employees of Navalny’s headquarters Lilia Chanysheva and Fedor Telin, as well as former volunteers Albert Gaskarov, Alexandra Maslova, Olga Komleva, Viktor Pryadilshchikov and Rustem Mulyukov. In addition, a search was carried out at the house of journalist Anastasia Denisenko.
Lawyer Alexander Derevyankin said that the investigative actions are taking place in the same case. Presumably, we are talking about a joint case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his supporters.
According to Derevyankin, the security forces acted on the basis of instructions from Moscow. “Employees of Navalny’s structures were interrogated as witnesses, and then released,” added he is on the air of “Echo of Moscow”.
In October, the Investigative Committee merged five criminal cases against the Anti-Corruption Foundation and its former employees. They are accused, in particular, of money laundering and financing extremist activities.
In June, the Moscow City Court recognized Navalny’s structures (the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights and Navalny’s headquarters) as extremist organizations.