On February 10, Moscow announced an international wanted order against Leonid Volkov, an associate of Alexei Navalny, in charge of the region in the European Union (EU) and currently living in Lithuania.
|Leonid Volkov – a famous associate of the opposition Alexey Navalny. Photo: Sputnik|
The man was tracked down after many of Mr. Navalny’s associates were arrested or detained for several days for organizing illegal protests.
A court spokesperson in Moscow confirmed to the media that Russian investigators had issued an international wanted order with Leonid Volkov.
He also said that Mr. Leonid Volkov has been on the wanted list in many countries of the former Soviet Union.
Russia’s Investigation Commission, responsible for investigating major criminal cases in the country, said earlier that Mr. Volkov was accused of using social media to incite young people to join illegal marches. .
In Russia, calling for people under the age of 18 to participate in illegal protests can be imprisoned for up to three years.
Russian authorities previously called Mr. Volkov and another of Navalny’s associates “traitors” by urging the European Union to punish individuals with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In online conversations with representatives of the EU and some other Western countries, Mr. Volkov urged the EU to impose “personal sanctions” on Russian officials to make changes in the behavior of the EU. Kremlin.
Mr. Volkov is also the person most noticed by Russian officials when he is part of the “suite” of Mr. Navalny’s group, engaging in most activities with Western officials.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in the latest television interviews said that Mr. Volkov and Vladimir Ashurkov [một đồng minh thân cận khác của ông Navalny sống tại Vương quốc Anh] had an online meeting with Poland’s Permanent Mission in the EU. The meeting was also attended by other EU member states, such as the US and UK. The meeting determined to push protests in Russia earlier than planned and the US social media will increase the number of participants using their algorithms.
Ms. Zakharova accused Mr. Volkov and Navalny’s group of “NATO agents” and no longer operate in the name of the Russian opposition.
This group also received huge amounts of financial assistance from the West with the goal of “overturning” the Russian political system.
Navalny is the arm of the West?
Mr. Alexei Navalny ran for President with the special support of Western countries in 2017 and 2018.
Coming up from a blogger specializing in articles about corruption in the Russian system, Mr. Navalny ran the “FBK Anti-Corruption Foundation”. Mr. Navalny has been under investigation for many years due to the discovery of black fund files, hiding many mysterious funds from the West without declaring taxes.
|The Russian opposition politician is enthusiastically supported by the West.|
Accordingly, an Alfa-Bank account is opened in the name of the FBK Fund Manager, Mr. Roman Rubanov. According to documents posted on the Internet, these bank accounts have accumulated huge sums of money without declaring.
In 2014, the number of accounts that Mr. Rubanov received totaled about 12.1 million rubles (about 144 thousand dollars at exchange rates at the end of 2014).
In 2015, this figure was 13.6 million rubles (about 270 thousand USD at the exchange rate in mid-2015).
Money is transferred through the systems Cash-in and Recyling. Then, from this bank account, Roman Rubanov distributed money to the characters Alexei Navalny, George Alburov, Leonid Volkov, Liubov Sobol, Anna Veduta and Vladislav Naganov …
The question is why Roman Rubanov has such a large amount of money in his personal account and not the money of the FBK Fund and money transfers to Alexei Navalny and journalists and activists are not paid. Declaring in transaction record at FBK?
The fund has a special account for fundraising and if a sponsor is transparent, it is unlikely that he would deposit large sums of money into Roman Rubanov’s account rather than through the fund as a trading channel. official.
In the assumptions, this could be a black fund to perform functions: conceal the sponsorship of Mr. Navalny, tax evasion, the payment of “gray wages” to a large number of people who stick with Mr. Navalny regularly. in activities in Russia – from FBK partners and staff close to Mr. Navalny as well as representatives of independent press that Mr. Alexei Navalny praised “.
In addition, it is possible that the Rubanov account is not only a black fund to pay for services, but also a cover to legalize the funds of unknown origin that the fund has received, so that the organization does not. was placed on the foreign intelligence list.
In 2013, Mr. Navalny received a five-year suspended prison sentence for his involvement in a fraud at the Russian State Timber Company called Kirovles.
In 2014, he was found guilty of a $ 500,000 embezzlement involving the international cosmetic company Yves Rocher. The incident caused him to be challenged for 5 years.
After that, he continued to be exposed to a personal fundraising blockade. A man donated $ 860 to his Foundation to run for president but later found out he was suspended and Russian law forbids participating in the election.
Despite being repeatedly guilty, Mr. Navalny repeatedly said that this is a “bad game” by the government to prevent his anti-corruption voice. Strangely, Mr. Navalny was very much supported by the West to “make a wave” on the Russian political arena.
Last week, opposition politician Navalny was sentenced to three years in prison for violating rules during a probationary period while he was in Germany to recover from poisoning. Taking this opportunity, the US and many European countries, the EU have all voiced their opposition to Russia.
Previously, in 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the conviction of the Moscow Court of the embezzlement of the Kirovles timber company that Mr. Navalny was accused of. The verdict was in favor of Mr. Navalny, asking Moscow to give the defendants Mr. Navalny and another accomplice 80,000 euros in compensation.
Western support to Mr. Navalny has so far been seen as a demonstration of brutal interference in internal affairs in Russia, with diplomats working at the embassy in Russia also participating. Protesters to demand the release of Navalny law violators, Moscow considered these moves “unacceptable”.
Such interference with clear political intentions forced Russia to stop it.
In the latest statements, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “NATO has guided the ‘opposition’, or rather their influencers, on how to continue the work. their corruption more discreetly. “
Given the possibility of Navalny’s group continuing to incite violence and protests in the country, the Kremlin says anyone breaking the law will be held accountable.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We will not play cat-and-mouse with anyone, certainly our law enforcement agencies will hold the parties accountable for violating the law.” .