The Russian authorities have increased the pressure on the famous Kremlin critic Alexei Navani by raising new fraud charges against him.
The investigation committee of Russia’s main investigative agency said on Tuesday that it has filed a new criminal lawsuit against Navalny, accusing him of improper handling of his $5 million private donation to the Anti-Corruption Foundation and other organizations, and therefore suspected of large-scale fraud.
Navalny recuperated in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning in August, which he blames on the Kremlin.
Navalny said of the Russian president on Twitter: “Putin seems to be in hysterics.”
Navani fell ill during a domestic flight in Russia on August 20, and flew to Berlin for treatment two days later in a coma, where he spent several weeks in intensive care. Tests by laboratories in Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as the Intergovernmental Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, determined that he was in contact with the Soviet-era novichok nerve agent.
Navalny accused Putin of ordering poisoning. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied this accusation.
Navani said on Twitter: “They tried to make me die in failure, and continued to hunt down my killer, and proved Putin was behind.”
The day before news of the investigation involving Navani came out, the country’s prison agency accused him of violating the conditions of probation in the previous case and gave him one day to report to his office. Navalny (Navalny) is 44 years old. In the ten years since he started writing about official corruption in Russia and started running for political office, he has been arrested many times and faced various charges.
The Federal Prison Service pointed to an article published by a doctor at the Charite Hospital in Berlin in the medical journal The Lancet, stating that Navani has fully recovered. It ordered Navalny to visit his office in accordance with the three-and-a-half-year probation for his conviction in 2014. If he misses the deadline on Tuesday, he will face real imprisonment.
Navani had previously said that he planned to return to Russia after he had fully recovered, but he was nasty about this demand. He said that the Federal Prison Service’s reference to the article in The Lancet was equivalent to the government accepting that he was poison.
The Russian authorities insisted that the doctor who treated Navalny in Siberia before Navalny was airlifted to Germany found no signs of poisoning, and challenged German officials to prove that he was poisoned. They refused to conduct a full criminal investigation for lack of evidence of Navalny’s poisoning.
After the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons exerted novichok’s influence on Navani, the EU imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and a national research institution. Russia has imposed sanctions on EU officials.