The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against Alexey Navalny under the article on fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). As reported Svetlana Petrenko, official representative of the ICR, investigators are examining the circumstances of Navalny’s personal spending of 356 million rubles from funds transferred to various funds, including the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) founded by him.
According to the investigation, for the needs of the activities of a number of non-profit organizations, including FBK, the Fund for the Support of Mass Media „Fifth season““,” Fund for the Organization and Coordination of the Protection of Citizens ‘Rights “,” Fund for Legal Support of Citizens “,” Fund for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights „HEADQUARTERS“”, More than 588 million rubles were collected from individuals as donations. This money was intended solely for the purpose of the funds. “Navalny, being the actual head of these organizations, acting together with other persons, spent more than 356 million rubles of this amount for personal purposes – the acquisition of personal property, material values and payment of expenses (including holidays abroad). Thus, the funds collected from citizens were stolen, ”said Ms Petrenko.
Where did the oppositionist fly and what did he spend on
According to the available data, we are talking about numerous foreign trips of the oppositionist with his family. Since 2017, they have flown 4 times to the USA, 3 times to Spain and Germany, and also 2 times to Italy, Austria and Thailand. In addition, the politician’s family visited France, Greece, Egypt and Latvia.
Also, allegedly, the daughter of an opposition blogger is studying at Stanford University in the United States for the money collected from citizens. Navalny said more than once that the girl got a scholarship and was taught her wits for free. But at the same time, you must also pay for accommodation, meals and related costs. According to available data, at least $ 45,000 was spent on this (3.2 million rubles based on the rate of 71.2 rubles per dollar).
A member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation of the 6th convocation, a lawyer, spoke about Navalny’s spending in connection with the fraud case initiated by the Investigative Committee Ilya Craft… “This amount is confirmed by reports to the Ministry of Justice of Navalny’s operating NGOs and blockchain data. So, about 600 million rubles (at the average bitcoin rate of that time) came to one wallet indicated on Navalny’s website. In addition, tens of millions went to Volkov’s card and to the account of the FBK itself (70-80 million a year). According to reports from the head of Navalny’s election headquarters Leonida Volkov for 2019, he received only 9.7 million rubles in bitcoins, however, blockchain data shows that more than 42 million rubles were received. Thus, more than 32 million have flown away in an unknown direction, ”Craft said.
By the way, according to some reports, Leonid Volkov owns a house in Luxembourg for 700,000 euros. It is noteworthy that the oppositionist himself reported that he left it to his wife, but he continues to be listed as its owner. He owns half of the property, the second belongs to his ex-wife N… Gredina…
Up to 10 years in prison
Mr. Remeslo emphasizes that the guilt of the oppositionist, of course, can only be established by a court. “However, an important circumstance is the very fact of the initiation of a case against Navalny, during which a proper legal assessment will be given to the investigation of his case,” the expert said.
Alexey Navalny faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison with a fine of up to 1 million rubles, as evidenced by the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, according to which a fraud case was initiated against him. “In less than two years, what many experts said finally happened, – reacted to this news General Director of the Center for Political Information Alexey Mukhin… – Of the 588.31 million collected donations, 357 million “went” to the personal needs of those involved. Leonid Volkov is called the author of the funds diversion schemes. He was just, judging by the TFR data, and was the most “fat cat” who appropriated most of the funds. Donatenfuehrer himself played a lot with the bitcoin rate, which allowed him to withdraw funds and hide his personal expenses. I hope this will be a detailed and evidentiary case, since information on it has been collected for a long time. “
Not the first and not the last
Recall that this is not the first criminal case against Navalny. On December 30, 2014 the court recognized Alexey Navalny and his brother Oleg guilty of business fraud, as well as money laundering. The court found it proven that the brothers had stolen 26.8 million rubles from the Yves Rocher company and 4.5 million rubles from the Multidisciplinary Processing Company (MPK) through the Main Subscription Agency (Glavpodpiska). Judge Elena Korobchenko sentenced Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years of probation and 5 years of probation, his brother Oleg to 3.5 years in a general regime colony. In August 2017, by a court decision, the probationary period appointed by Navalny was extended until the end of December 2020 at the request of the FSIN.
But some experts believe that this is not the last case of Navalny. “A man collected so much money for a presidential campaign that was obviously impossible for him by law. The question is, where is he doing? – the political scientist Mukhin is surprised. “At least it’s a scam. And on closer examination, it is quite possible that this will turn out to be money laundering, since I doubt that he paid taxes on it. ”
Associate Professor RANCHIGS Sergey Karnaukhov in his Telegram channel also did not rule out that Navalny will have to answer under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. It implies responsibility for direct cooperation with foreign special services to harm the security of the Russian Federation. Talk about this intensified after the high-profile story of the poisoning of a blogger in August 2020 with a chemical warfare agent. No criminal case was opened in Russia on this matter; Navalny himself blamed the Russian special services for the poisoning and published an investigation, conducted jointly with a group of Western media, on the involvement of a number of FSB officers in this crime. Commenting on the released data at his press conference, President Vladimir Putin called them “the legalization of American intelligence materials.”
“In any state, this is one of the most severe types of human degradation, because he voluntarily agrees and goes to betray his homeland. The consequences of this type of crime are very grave: terrorist attacks, massacres, wars, economic losses, “Karnaukhov notes. In his opinion, Navalny provided foreigners with direct assistance in forming the basis for blocking Nord Stream 2, for imposing sanctions, discrediting state bodies, and increasing pressure on all citizens of Russia. And for this, too, can be held responsible.
However, at present, as you know, Alexei Navalny is in Germany, where he is undergoing treatment and recovery from poisoning. Whether he now wants to return to Russia in the foreseeable future is a big question.