In Russia trouble may not just come with the beating of police fists on your door; lawyer, businessman and opposition blogger Alexei Navalny found out the same time as the press that he is under criminal investigation.
He, his brother Oleg, and “other persons” are accused of organised fraud and money laundering, and Alexei said today he knew nothing about the accusations.
It is the second time the leading opposition figure has faced investigation. A July theft charge against him was dropped at the regional level before being revived by the Russian Federation’s Investigation Committee, the same body making these new accusations.
They come on the eve of the unauthorised opposition “March for Freedom” planned for Moscow, in which the anti-corruption campaigner may be a key figure.
Navalny finds out in press of new charges