Russia on December 29 launched a probe towards the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for ‘fraud’, alleging that his Anti-Corruption agency FBK used greater than 356 million rubles ($4.8 million) charity funds for private use, together with paying bills from a vacation abroad. Russia’s Investigative Committee, individually, additionally commenced an investigation towards the previous for defamation of a Moscow district court docket choose, in response to sources of Russian information company TASS. Navalny now confronted a felony case towards costs of embezzlement of 356 million rubles collected from nonprofit organizations.
In an announcement, cited by TASS, the Investigative Committee stated that Navalny’s agency misused Anti-Corruption Fund that it had ‘completely’ raised from NGOs. It added that the Principal Investigative Directorate of Russia’s Investigative Committee collected sufficient info that confirms that Navalny used the cash to buy “private property (and) materials belongings and to pay bills (together with holidays overseas)”. He now has charged over indicators of ‘fraud’ of a big scale, the committee stated in a launch.
The Committee reportedly introduced that after a radical investigation, the de-facto chief has been discovered indulging in a mass scale financial fraud via his group. The funds collected from residents had been stolen, the committee alleged, including that the felony act carries a penalty of as much as 10 years in jail. Nevertheless, Navalny described the felony probe towards him as “invented by Putin” and dismissed the costs towards his agency FBK as baseless.
Putin’s ‘chef’ sues Navalny
Earlier, Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, dubbed as Putin’s chef sued Navalny and his ally, Lyubov Sobol, for five million rubles (approx. $66,000). Prigozhin who’s identified for organizing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dinners with overseas dignitaries had received a lawsuit towards Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Basis (FBK). Navalny’s basis, identified for conducting high-profile investigations into alleged corruption of high authorities officers, had uploaded a video investigation towards the catering magnate Prigozhin that prompted him to file a defamation lawsuit that appeared on the web site of a Moscow court docket, in response to a Russian information company Kommersant.