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Russia: Freezing the accounts of Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption body
Alexei Navalny is very well followed on the social networks. Tatyana Makeyeva / REUTERS

The Kremlin water tightens around Alexei Navalny. The accounts of his organization and his associates were frozen by the Presnensky court on Thursday, August 8, while the main opponent of Vladimir Putin is still in prison on a background of repression. of a major protest movement in Moscow.

Opposition spokesman Kira Iarmych said on Twitter that the bank account of Navalny's team has also been blocked, although he "Does not appear in this case". The Russian Investigative Committee announced last Saturday the opening of a court case for  " laundering" against the organization of Mr Navalny, accused of having illegally received sums amounting to almost one billion rubles (13.8 million euros) . The homes of several of Navalny's relatives were also raided on Thursday.

Investigations on Russian elites

The organization of the opponent is at the origin of numerous investigations on the ostentatious lifestyle and corruption within the Russian elite. Ignored by the public media, he is very present on social networks, where his publications are widely shared. That accuses Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of being at the head of a real estate empire, with 31.5 million views on YouTube.

In an investigation last week, the organization accuses Moscow Deputy Mayor Natalia Sergounina of diverting billions of rubles of public money into the management of the housing stock. of town hall.

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Navalny does not exclude being "poisoned"

The case comes as Russian authorities face one of the most important protest movements since Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012. Two unauthorized demonstrations demanding free elections In Moscow, nearly 1,400 people were arrested, followed by 1,000 arrests. Nearly all opposition figures have been sentenced to short prison terms for appeals to protest.

Alexei Navalny is currently serving a 30-day prison sentence for the same reason. Hospitalized late July for a "Serious allergic reaction" then returned to the cell, it does not exclude having been  " © poisoned".

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