Russian authorities have ramped up the pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny by leveling new fraud accusations against him.
The Investigative Committee, Russia’s main investigative agency, said on Tuesday it has opened a new crook case against Navalny on charges of large-scale fraud related to his alleged mishandling of a few USD 5 million in private donations to his Anti-Corruption Foundation and other organisations.
Navalny, who is convalescing in Germany after an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he blamed on the Kremlin, ridiculed the new accusations as a signal of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agitation.
“It looks like Putin is in hysterics,” Navalny commented on Twitter.
Navalny fell sick on Aug 20 right through a domestic flight in Russia and two days later was once flown still in a coma for remedy to Berlin, where he spent weeks in intensive care. Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was once exposed to a Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.
Navalny has accused Putin of ordering his poisoning. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusation.
“They’re trying to put me in the back of bars for failing to die and continuing to hunt for my killers and for proving that Putin was once in the back of it,” Navalny tweeted.
News of the investigation involving Navalny came a day after the country’s jail agency accused him of violating the conditions of his suspended sentence in a preceding case and gave him someday to outline to its office. In the decade since he started writing approximately official corruption in Russia and moved into running for political office, Navalny, 44, has been arrested repeatedly and faced quite a lot of charges.
The Federal Penitentiary Service pointed at a piece of writing by doctors from Berlin’s Charite hospital that was once published in medical publication The Lancet and indicated that Navalny has fully recuperated. It ordered Navalny to visit its office in line with the terms of a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence he received for a 2014 conviction or face a real prison term whether he misses Tuesday’s deadline.
Navalny, who in the past said that he deliberate to go back to Russia once he fully retrieved, scoffed at the demand, saying that the Federal Penitentiary Service’s reference to the article in The Lancet amounted to the government accepting he was once poisoned.