The director of the FBK Anti-Corruption Organization of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, operated on January 27, released information saying police searched Navalny’s offices and some other related assets. to him in Avtozavodskaya, Moscow. Law enforcement forces arrested Oleg Navalny – the brother of this opposition politician.
|Russian police are outside Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation office in Moscow. Photo: Cyprus Mail|
According to FBK attorney Lyubov Sobol, the “Navalny Live” area where Mr. Navalny used to record videos for his YouTube channel has also been searched.
According to preliminary information, these measures are related to the criminal investigation after the illegal protests on January 23 in many Russian cities.
According to Russian media, the searches were conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Law of the Russian Federation for violations of sanitary and epidemiological rules.
Earlier that day, investigators had prosecuted 21 criminal cases of illegal actions both before and during the illegal protests that took place on January 23.
It is noteworthy that with these illegal protests, social media played a significant role and Russian officials quickly responded. Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor announced that social networks will be held accountable for engaging minors to participate in illegal protests. The amount of fines aimed at companies ranges from 800,000-4 million rubles (about 10,500- 528,000 USD).
“Social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, VK, OK and the YouTube video host site will be penalized for not complying with a request to remove calls for minors to participate in illegal protests. January 23 “- the statement said.
|Russian police stood defending protests in support of Navalny last week.|
The above-mentioned social platforms did not remove a total of 170 calls deemed “illegal despite requests from the Federal Service and the Office of the Prosecutor General”, the statement said.
“We ask the Internet platforms management to restrict the dissemination of calls to participate in illegal public events,” the agency added.
In a related development, on the same day, Mr. Navalny’s associates have called for an anti-government protest this weekend outside the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Agency (FSB) and its offices. federal government in the capital Moscow.
On the social network Facebook, the Navalny support group posted a notice calling for the supporters of the opposition figure in Moscow to gather at 12 o’clock on January 31 (local time) in Lubyanka Square outside the headquarters FSB department and Staraya Square – where federal government offices are located. They will then march across the city from two squares about 1 kilometer apart along a street in central Moscow.
|The G7 also pressured Russia to release opposition politician Navalny.|
The arrests of Mr. Navalny and the protesters drew attention to Europe.
Previously, the Foreign Minister of the Group of Leading Industrial Developed Countries (G7) issued a joint statement on Russia’s arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as well as Moscow’s actions with protests.
The statement released by the German Foreign Ministry said that the G7 foreign ministers and the EU’s High Representative in charge of security and foreign policy jointly condemned the politically motivated arrest and imprisonment of the character. Alexei Navalny.
G7 expressed deep concern about Russia detaining thousands of peaceful protesters and journalists, and urged Moscow’s government to respect its national and international obligations, and to release those detained on Monday. January 23.
The G7 foreign ministers urged the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Navalny as Russia is also bound by national and international obligations to respect and guarantee human rights.