The two main lieutenants of Alexey Navalny were added to the Russian catalog of “terrorists and extremists“, a few days before the first anniversary of the arrest of the opponent and the relentless repression of his movement that followed
Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov, in exile abroad, are now considered “terrorists and extremists“according to a list of the Russian financial intelligence service, Rosfinmonitoring, consulted by AFP on Friday.
“We are pioneers for this kind of nonsense“, reacted Mr. Zhdanov on Twitter.
The two opponents, aged 33 and 41, were respectively in charge of Mr. Navalny’s anti-corruption fund (FBK) and his organization’s regional network until their ban in June 2021.
These two organizations were banned for “extremism“by Russian justice, causing the majority of their cadres to flee abroad for fear of prosecution. Among those who chose to stay, several were arrested.
Alexeï Navalny was arrested in January 2021 in Moscow, returning from convalescence in Germany after a serious poisoning for which he holds President Vladimir Putin responsible.
The 45-year-old anti-corruption activist, the most notorious Kremlin opponent, was subsequently sentenced to two and a half years in prison for a case of “frauds“which he denounces as political.
He is also the subject of new prosecutions for “extremism“who could keep him behind bars for years to come.