Russia’s Investigative Committee reports that it has opened a criminal case against jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and eight of his closest allies, most of whom have already fled the country.
Navalny, who was jailed in February for two and a half years, could face up to another 10 years in prison on charges of running an extremist organization.
Navalny is accused of founding the BFK in 2014, “with the aim of carrying out extremist activities aimed at changing the foundations of the constitutional order in the Russian Federation, undermining public security and state integrity, creating and leading an extremist community.” .
Criminal cases were also filed against Navalny’s main ally, Lyubov Sobol, as well as activists Georgy Alburov, Ruslan Shaveddinov, Vyacheslav Gimadi, Pavel Zelensky and Rustem Mulyukov for participating in an extremist organization.
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