New wave of searches targeting supporters of the Kremlin opponent. Russian police on Thursday (September 12th) conducted dozens of raids across the country against Alexei Navalny's aides, who were involved in a large-scale campaign of protest this summer, activists said.
"There are already more than twenty-nine cities in the list (searches) and more than eighty addresses," said Leonid Volkov, one of Navalny's allies, on his Twitter account. "This does not only affect the apartments of the coordinators and the offices, but also the homes of the collaborators and active volunteers ," he said, adding that the police were inter alia in the cities of Nizhny Novgorod, Vladivostok, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk or St. Petersburg.
According to this source, the searches are all linked to a "money-laundering" investigation against Navalny's anti-corruption organization launched in early August, when Moscow was shaken by demonstrations against the exclusion of candidates. opposition to a local ballot. At the polls, this vote resulted in Sunday a stinging setback of the candidates defenders of power in Moscow, where they lost nearly a third of their seats compared to the previous term.Read also Local Elections: The Kremlin records a heavy electoral backlash in Moscow
Sentenced to 30 days in prison during these protests, Alexei Navalny, whose candidates had been excluded from the polls in Moscow, had actively called for participation in this movement, unpublished since 2012 and firmly repressed by the authorities.
Denouncing a "massive coup" , Kira Iarmych, Navalny's spokesperson, called Thursday the new searches "intimidation" and "robbery" to paralyze the work of his organization. Last week, the Moscow offices and the recording studio of Navalny's team had already been hit by a search of hooded policemen.
The organization of the opponent is at the origin of numerous investigations on the ostentatious lifestyle and the corruption within the Russian elite. Ignored by the public media, she is very present on social networks, where her publications are widely shared. That accuses Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of being at the head of a real estate empire thus totals 31.5 million views on YouTube.Read also Mobilization for "free elections" expands in Moscow