The Russian authorities have blocked the accounts of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) led by opposition politician Alexei Navalny, as well as over 100 accounts belonging to individuals and entities.
In early August, Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over laundering a billion Russian rubles (about $ 15.4 mln). According to the investigators, in 2016-2018, a number of persons ‘relating to the activities of the NGO Anti-Corruption Foundation, including its employees’, received money from third parties.
On Thursday morning, law enforcers searched the homes of ACF contributors Alexander Pomazuev, Yevgeny Zamyatin and Vyacheslav Gimadi as part of the case mentioned above.
Ко мне пришёл СК с обыском. Новое дело.Я ничего противозаконного не совершал. Приносил людям пользу: писал заявления…
According to the foundation, the authorities’ actions are nothing but politically motivated retaliatory measures. The ACF is at the forefront of the current protests against barring independent candidates from running for seats in the Moscow City Duma.
Путин предпринял очередную, но самую агрессивную попытку разгромить ФБК. Офисы захвачены, люди задержаны, техника изъята
— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) August 8, 2019
On July 28, Navalny was taken to hospital due to a ‘severe allergic reaction’. Physician Anastasia Vasilyeva, who earlier treated Navalny, does not rule out that ‘toxic damage’ to the skin and mucous membranes was caused by an unknown chemical substance and is the result of the action of a third person.
In its recent investigation, the Anti-Corruption Foundation said that Natalia Sergunina, First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, was linked to multimillion-dollar property. The sum in question is 6.5 bn Russian rubles (more than $102 mln).