Russia has added Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov, the two main associates of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, to its list of “terrorists and extremists.” The news agencies Interfax and AFP reported this on Friday.
Zhdanov (33) and Volkov (41), who are both in exile abroad, are considered to be Navalny’s two lieutenants. They headed his Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) and his network of regional branches, respectively. Both organizations were banned in June last year and labeled as extremist by the Russian court. Now the Russian financial intelligence service Rosfinmonitoring has also placed the two opponents on its terrorist list.
Many executives of those two banned organizations have since fled abroad. Several members who did remain in Russia have been arrested.
Navalny, 45, is the most famous opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Almost a year ago, on January 17, 2021, he was arrested in Moscow. He had just returned from Germany, where he was recovering from a poison attack that he barely survived. He is now in a detention camp about 100 kilometers east of Moscow.