Russia adds imprisoned Kremlin critic Navalny to list of ‘terrorists’ | News

Separately, the Federal Prison Service demanded that Navalny’s brother’s suspended sentence be turned into a prison sentence.

Russian authorities have added imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny and a handful of his allies to an official list of “terrorists and extremists”.

Also on Tuesday, local news agencies reported that the Federal Prison Service had demanded that Navalny’s brother Oleg be sentenced to prison in lieu of a one-year suspended sentence he had been given. Last year.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic of the past decade, survived poisoning with a nerve agent in 2020 and was jailed last year for parole violations related to an earlier fraud case which he says was trumped up. His political network was banned as “extremist” last year.

The Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) “terrorist” list means that Navalny and members of his team are subject to limits on banking transactions and must seek approval each time they want to use their accounts.

Oleg Navalny, the brother of Alexei Navalny in a defendant dock at the Tverskoi District Court [File: Press service of Tverskoy District Court of Moscow handout via AFP]

Navalny’s chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, said on Facebook: “I am proud to work in our fine team of ‘extremists and terrorists.’ By devaluing the meaning of words and turning their meaning upside down, the Kremlin is hollowing a deeper hole. He is doing everything he can to make those who still believe in Putin stop believing him.

Lyubov Sobol, one of the faces of Navalny’s popular YouTube channel, told Ekho Moskvy radio that Putin tells anyone he doesn’t like to be “a terrorist”.

Sobol was added to the roster on Tuesday and Volkov earlier this month. Both are part of a group of top Navalny allies who fled Russia to avoid arrest.

Last month, investigators interviewed several former Navalny regional coordinators, including Ksenia Fadeyeva, who is also a lawmaker in the Siberian city of Tomsk. She was listed as a “terrorist” on Tuesday.

Navalny’s brother, Oleg, received a one-year suspended prison sentence last August. He was among a group of individuals accused of “inciting people” to break COVID-19 restrictions by participating in unauthorized protests in January 2021.

Last year, the European Parliament awarded Alexey Navalny the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought after he was nominated but passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lyubov Sobol leaves a courthouseLyubov Sobol, a Russian opposition figure and close Navalny ally, leaves a court after a hearing in Moscow [File: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters]