Russian opposition activist Navalny fined twice for refusing to remove investigation

Russian politician Alexei Navalny has been fined for the second time for refusing to remove the investigation into the overpriced supplies of products to Rosgvardia, IBH Media reported citing opposition spokesman Kira Yarmysh.

The fine was imposed under the article of “non-performance of the non-property requirements contained in the executive document”. The politician must pay 15 thousand Russian rubles. Navalny has already appealed this decision in the Lublinsky court in Moscow.

In 2018, the Foundation for the Fight against Corruption of Alexei Navalny published an investigation in which he claimed that the meat factory Friendship of Peoples, which supplies products for Rosgvardia, belongs to people who are close to former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev or to Medvedev himself. In addition, he said that the company is owned by a former subordinate of the head of Rosgvardiya, Viktor Zolotov. At the same time, the agency allegedly bought products at inflated prices, while the company was the only supplier. In 2019, the Moscow Arbitration Court granted the claim of the meat processing plant and ordered Navalny to delete the investigation. The politician was then fined 5,000 Russian rubles.

After the investigation was published, the head of Rosgvardia, Viktor Zolotov, challenged Navalny to a duel. The oppositionist offered him the format of the debate, but he refused.