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    (CNN)Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been transferred from the penal colony where he was serving his term to a higher security prison facility, his lawyer told CNN Tuesday. While the move is in line with the judge's orders at his sentencing in March, his legal team said the jailed politician's current whereabouts is unknown. "He was transferred to a maximum-security prison as his verdict [in the new criminal case] came into force but we don't know which one," Olga Mikhailova said. "Where he is exactly, is unknown to us." "We'll keep searching [for him]," Mikhailova added.In March, a Moscow court sentenced Navalny to a further nine years in a maximum-security prison. He was convicted on fraud charges by Moscow's Lefortovo court over allegations that he stole from his Anti-Corruption Foundation.Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny found guilty of fraud and sentenced to another nine years in prisonRead MoreCNN has reached out to Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for comment.A lawyer for the outspoken Kremlin critic was told he was no longer at the prison facility in the city of Pokrov...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team hit Capitol Hill Thursday, urging a fresh round of sanctions over the war in Ukraine that moves beyond wealthy oligarchs to spread the financial pain to Russian government officials, mid-level politicians and public figures. The group is discussing with senators a list of 6,000 people for possible sanctions, including Russian defense and security officials, administrative employees, governors, members of parliament, even editors and managers at state-aligned media operations. Vladimir Ashurkov, the executive director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said Thursday the “avalanche of sanctions” so far from the West is having an effect in Russia. But the group is seeking to reach beyond the wealthy allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin to focus on lower-level figures who could be potentially more swayed by the financial strain. “Let’s bring on, or at least announce, the next wave,” Ashurkov said in an interview with journalists. While sanctions are not “silver bullets” that will stop the war, he said, “it’s one of the few instruments available to the western countries to affect what’s going...
    A new investigation by the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK)—a non-profit organization established by imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny—has unearthed photos allegedly showing the obscenely gaudy seaside palace long rumored to belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The luxurious getaway, located outside the resort town of Gelendzhik on the Black Sea, reportedly boasts a casino, a private theater and a bizarre hookah lounge complete with a pole-dancing stage. FBK Emblems of the Russian double-headed eagle symbol, the main element of the coat of arms of the Russian Empire, are omnipresent throughout the palatial estate, including in what appears to be the private dancing room. They stick out like a sore thumb, along with a stripper pole that stands in stark contrast with the image of royal opulence the palace projects. Pink and tan pillows are strewn on the floor, to provide additional relaxation in between annexations. FBK The FBK report, which was unveiled on Thursday, follows another explosive investigation by the group about the palace released last year. At the time, the massive structure was in process of being remodeled, reportedly due...
    Alexei Navalny's team has released a picture they claim shows a pole-dancing room inside Vladimir Putin's alleged £1 billion Black Sea palace. The room had previously been pictured in computer images based on leaked detailed plans of the property, released by the jailed opposition leader.  But now Navalny's team claim to have found thousands of actual photographs of the palace confirming a 'striptease' room known as a 'hookah' with a stage and performer's pole. Alexei Navalny's team has released a picture they claim shows a pole-dancing room inside Vladimir Putin's alleged £1 billion Black Sea palace The room had previously been pictured in computer images based on leaked detailed plans of the property, released by the jailed opposition leader 'The striptease hall, hookah, call it what you want, really exists,' says a commentary with a video about the pictures. 'And it looks much worse than we could imagine.' A computer generated image showing how the Navalny team had imagined the pole-dancing boudoir was released a year ago, based on leaked plans which also included a casino and 'aqua disco'.  The photograph now...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his closest allies, accusing them Tuesday of forming an extremist group and involvement in one. The investigation is the latest step in a multi-pronged crackdown on the Kremlin’s most ardent foe and his team. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that it was investigating Navalny and his top allies, Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, for creating and leading an extremist group — a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Several other close associates of the politician, including Lyubov Sobol, Georgy Alburov, and Ruslan Shaveddinov, are under investigation for potential charges of participating in an extremist group, the statement said. If convicted, they would face up to six years in prison. The Investigative Committee alleged that Navalny and his allies founded the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, set up a wide network of regional offices, and launched websites, social media pages and YouTube channels with the goal of “discrediting the authorities and their policies, destabilizing the situation...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reportedly bankrolled his mistress’s travel abroad with him on official diplomatic trips to almost two dozen countries around the world, according to a new bombshell report from Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s team. The report, entitled “Yachts, bribes and a mistress. What Minister Lavrov is hiding,” details a plethora of luxury digs and yachts enjoyed by the couple, including a yacht owned by the notorious oligarch Oleg Deripaska, which has been graced by the likes of Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, better known by her pseudonym Nastya Rybka. Lavrov, 71, is married and has a daughter. His alleged female companion, Svetlana Polyakova, is an actress and a restaurateur, with no known qualifications that would justify her apparent affiliation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Property records unearthed by reporters show that Polyakova and members of her family own real estate in Russia and the U.K. worth about 1 billion rubles ($13.6 million), as well as a fleet of luxury cars worth a total of about 40 million rubles ($545,000). The Navalny team’s Thursday report...
    MOSCOW – Russian authorities have opened a new criminal case against the two closest allies of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the latest in a series of moves to stifle his already embattled team. The Investigative Committee on Tuesday announced a probe against Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, accusing them of raising funds for extremist groups. The charge carries a punishment of up to eight years in prison. ‘OLYMPIC BAT’ KILLED BY CAT AFTER FLYING MORE THAN 1,200 MILES FROM LONDON TO RUSSIA In June, a court outlawed Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and a network of his regional offices as extremist organizations. The designation barred people associated with the groups from seeking public office and exposed them to lengthy prison terms. The foundation suspended its crowdfunding efforts shortly before the court ruling to mitigate the risks for its supporters. Last week, however, Navalny’s team announced it was resuming fundraising through the use of encrypted transactions that bypass the Russian banking system and would allow donors to remain anonymous. Russian authorities quickly blocked the fundraising website Navalny’s team had launched....
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have restricted access to the website of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as dozens of sites run by his close allies, Navalny’s team said Monday. The move comes as pressure mounts on opposition supporters, independent journalists and human rights activists in Russia ahead of September’s parliamentary election. The vote is widely seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his rule before the 2024 presidential election. The 68-year-old Russian leader, who has been in power for more than two decades, pushed through constitutional changes last year that would potentially allow him to hold onto power until 2036. Navalny’s website, as well as the website of his top strategist Leonid Volkov and longtime ally Lyubov Sobol were unavailable on Monday. The websites of Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and the network of about 40 regional offices, which) were outlawed as extremist groups last month, were also unavailable — and so were the website of the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors union and an online page calling for Navalny’s freedom....
    More On: russia ‘A miracle’: All 18 passengers survive Russian plane’s hard landing in Siberia Biden, Xi, Putin address APEC on ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic’ Trump slams new report on Russian interference in 2016 election Authoritarianism advances as world battles the pandemic MOSCOW (AP) — A rights group in Russia announced Sunday that it was shutting down, citing fear of prosecution of its members and supporters after Russian authorities blocked its website for allegedly publishing content from an “undesirable” organization. The Team 29 association of lawyers and journalists specializing in treason and espionage cases and freedom of information issues said Sunday that Russian authorities accused it of spreading content from a Czech non-governmental organization that had been declared “undesirable” in Russia. The group’s website was blocked Friday, even though it rejected the accusations, and its lawyers said they believed the government’s next step could be to prosecute members and supporters. “In these conditions, continuation of Team 29′s activities creates direct and clear threat to the safety of a large number of people, and we can’t ignore that risk,” the...
    Bloomberg Danske Bank CEO Quits Amid Dutch Probe of Laundering Allegations (Bloomberg) — Danske Bank A/S is replacing Chris Vogelzang as chief executive officer after a Dutch money-laundering investigation implicated the former ABN Amro Bank NV executive, complicating the Danish lender’s efforts to get past its own scandal.Vogelzang, who had run Denmark’s biggest bank for less than two years, will be replaced by Danske’s head of risk management, Carsten Egeriis. The move comes after authorities in the Netherlands named Vogelzang “a suspect in connection with their investigations of potential violations of Dutch legislation relating to the prevention of money laundering at ABN Amro,” Danske said.“I am very surprised by the decision by the Dutch authorities,” Vogelzang said in the statement. “I left ABN Amro more than four years ago and am comfortable with the fact that I managed my management responsibilities with integrity and dedication. My status as a suspect does not imply that I will be charged.”Danske is itself the subject of multiple investigations into money laundering in both the U.S. and Europe, resulting in several top executive departures...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Activists for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Sunday called for massive protests in the heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg as Navalny’s health reportedly is deteriorating severely while on hunger strike. Leonid Volkov, a top strategist for Navalny, said the demonstrations were called on short notice for Wednesday because “his life hangs in the balance. … We don’t know how long he can hold on.. But it is clear we do not have time.” The 44-year-old Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most visible and persistent critic, started a hunger strike more than three weeks ago to protest prison authorities’ refusal to allow him to be seen by a private doctor for diagnosis of severe back pain and loss of feeling in his legs; the Russian penitentiary service says he is getting adequate care. On Saturday, a doctor said test results that he received from Navalny’s family showed sharply elevated levels of potassium, which could lead to cardiac arrest, and signs of kidney failure. “Our patient could die at any moment,” said the doctor, Yaroslav Ashikhmin. There...
    A SECRET palace allegedly built for Vladimir Putin has been revealed by the anti-corruption team working with his jailed nemesis Alexei Navalny. The sprawling estate is located on the shore of a lake and nestled in deep forests of the Valdai Hills, which lie halfway between Moscow and St Petersburg in eastern Russia. 12Drone photos of the Valdai estate released by the team working with Alexei NavalnyCredit: Navalny website 12The mansion is another lavish structure linked to Putin - who some believe is the richest man in the worldCredit: Navalny website 12Putin's net worth has previously been estimated at £160billionCredit: Navalny website 12Putin is believed to enjoy a lavish life of luxury funded by corruptionCredit: kremlin.ru Hidden from prying eyes by the dense foliage, the four-storey mansion boasts a nearby three-storey  spa complex with a “personal beauty parlour” for the strongman leader called a “temple to his asceticism”. The sprawling lakeside estate seen on drone footage - and is also said to include a stable, golf course, mini-golf course, VIP restaurant with a cinema, bowling, billiard room and...
    Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny is in great pain, his lawyer said Thursday after visiting him in prison, adding that allies were afraid for his life. "He is suffering from strong back pain and pain in his right leg," lawyer Olga Mikhailova said in remarks on Dozhd television. "Everyone is afraid for his life and health." Earlier this month, Navalny was transferred to a prison facility about 90 miles outside of Moscow and placed into an isolation cell, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev told CBS News. A photo provided by the Babuskinsky District Court shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a cage during a hearing on charges of defamation in Moscow, Russia, February 12, 2021. Babuskinsky District Court Press Service/AP Navalny was arrested on January 17 immediately upon his return to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from poisoning with a Soviet-era nerve agent. His arrest prompted weeks of mass protests, with thousands rallying on the streets of Russian cities, including the capital, where large crowds gathered at outside the detention facility where he had been held until...
    Moscow (CNN)Russia's prison service has said Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny is in "generally good health" after the activist's team expressed concern about his physical condition and said they were denied access to see him. The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said Thursday that prisoners in the country's Vladimir region, where Navalny is being held, received medical examinations on Wednesday at the inmates' request, according to state media outlet TASS.Navalny was among those examined and the anti-corruption activist was "in generally good and stable health," the FSIN statement said.He has been a perennial thorn in Russian President Vladimir Putin's side, raising concerns for his safety in the country, and the activist nearly died after he was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent last August. First Russia poisoned him. Now this is the prison camp for Alexey NavalnyA joint investigation by CNN and the group Bellingcat implicated the Russian Security Service (FSB) in Navalny's poisoning. Russia denies involvement in the poisoning, but several Western officials and Navalny himself have openly blamed the Kremlin. Navalny returned to Russia in January from a...
    Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in January – Reuters It would have been easy to retreat with their leader in prison, his deputies under house arrest and their offices being attacked with smoke grenades. But allies of Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny – at least, those who remain free – have vowed to continue their campaign to evict Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin, calling for a new round of street protests. Maria Pevchikh, the head of investigations at Mr Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, Leonid Volkov, Mr Navalny’s political chief of staff, and Ivan Zhdanov, his lawyer, on Tuesday jointly launched an online petition demanding Mr Navalny’s release. The trio said in a video published online that they would call for nationwide street demonstrations as soon as the petition reached 500,000 signatures. “We know that this results from two years of our work. Navalny is the biggest problem of Putin’s regime. And anyone who is opposed to the regime should be making the same demand: freedom for Alexei Navalny,” they said. The threat to bring half a million people...
    The White House on Tuesday announced new sanctions against Russia for imprisoning dissident activist Alexei Navalny, representing the first punitive salvo from the Biden administration against Moscow. [ READ: NATO Talks Tough on Russia ]Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told reporters Tuesday morning that the sanctions would freeze financial assets in the U.S. belonging to members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most trusted inner circles. Though largely symbolic, the move is designed to send a message to Russia that President Joe Biden plans to take a much more aggressive approach to relations between the two powers than his predecessor, the officials said. The actions "send a clear signal that Russia's use of chemical weapons and violation of international human rights commitments have severe consequences," an official said. The Week in Cartoons: March 1-5View All 6 ImagesThe announcement followed similar sanctions the EU imposed earlier on Tuesday and comes a day after reports that Navalny had been sent to a notoriously harsh and abusive prison camp known as Penal Colony No. 2, or by its initials IK2, in a region...
    The New York Rangers released a statement Monday announcing that forward Artemi Panarin will take a leave of absence following the publication of what sources say is a “political hit piece” by Russian media. The report alleges a physical altercation Panarin had with an 18-year-old woman in 2011. Rangers team leaders stood by Panarin on Monday, calling the allegation “fabricated” and an “intimidation tactic,” and that the Russian story is simply backlash for Panarin’s recent political activism, specifically for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. There are also concerns for the safety of Panarin’s family members in Russia. According to the team: Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story. This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team. The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations. Russian website sports.ru published an interview with Panarin’s former coach Andrei Nazarov of Vityaz Chekhov in...
    About 300 women formed by -13 ° C, from 2:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT), a “chain of solidarity” on the Arbat, a historic street in the center of Moscow. The slogan of this action for Valentine’s Day was “Love stronger than fear”. “We want to show that we are for love and against violence. Very brave and kind girls have come here,” 22-year-old student Daria Obraztsova told ., saying she wished “that freedom and justice reigns in our country “. In Saint Petersburg (north-west), this action brought together around 100 people, according to an . journalist. Some wore flowers or paper hearts inscribed with the names of women symbolizing opposition to the Russian authorities. Images posted on social networks showed them all chanting “Freedom for political prisoners”. “Only love can conquer evil,” said 25-year-old Valeria Stepanova. According to the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring demonstrations, a similar action ended with nine arrests in Kazan (Urals). Alexeï Navalny’s team also called on residents of large cities to brandish flashlights, phones or candles at 8:00 p.m. and to post photos of...
    An ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians on Tuesday to “gather in residential courtyards near their homes at 1700 GMT” on February 14 to stage an anti-government protest. Leonid Volkov encouraged residents of major Russian cities to go out into their courtyards or backyards on the evening of February 14, turn on the flashlight of their cell phones, and raise them skyward in the shape of a heart. He added that participants should also “bring candles and make heart shapes with them to mark Valentine’s Day and photograph them from above.” “Let the social media feeds be filled with thousands of such burning hearts from dozens of Russian cities,” Volkov wrote on Telegram. “He said the format, reminiscent of tactics used by the anti-government opposition in neighboring Belarus, should help distance protesters from the police,” Reuters noted on Tuesday. Volkov, a Russian politician currently based in the European Union (E.U.) bloc nation of Lithuania, heads the political support team for Navalny, a Russian opposition leader. He previously stated on February 4 that mass protests across Russia demanding...
    By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will hold a video call on Monday with allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, joined by envoys from Britain, the United States, Canada and Ukraine, after Russia expelled diplomats from EU states last week, diplomats said. The meeting at 1200 GMT is likely to be the first forum for the West to consider any possible joint response to Navalny's jailing last week and Friday's expulsions, which took place while the EU's top diplomat was visiting Moscow. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a blog late on Sunday that he had learned of the expulsion of the diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden via social media during his talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday. Borrell said the expulsions by Moscow, his fruitless appeals to halt them, and a denial of his request to visit Navalny had cemented his view that "Europe and Russia are drifting apart". "Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe and looking at democratic values as an existential threat," wrote...
    Moscow — Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny appeared in a Moscow court on Friday for the second time this week as international pressure mounted on President Vladimir Putin's government to release its most prominent critic. Navalny, a long-time anti-corruption activist-turned politician, has fueled the most direct challenge to Putin's authority in the Russian leader's two decades in power. So many of Navalny's supporters have been rounded up by police at recent protests calling for his release, that Russian jails are running out of room to detain them. Navalny, 44, was arrested on January 17 immediately upon his return from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from poisoning with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. On Tuesday he was jailed for nearly three years for violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence for fraud, a case he has always dismissed as politically motivated. Kremlin critic Navalny sentenced to prison 04:01 The opposition leader was back in court on Friday to face a separate charge of defaming a 95-year-old WWII veteran who appeared in a pro-Putin video that...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces years in prison, are calling for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations that turned out tens of thousands across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. Mass rallies took place Saturday in over 100 cities in what observers said were the largest in years, and Navalny’s supporters urged protesters to keep up the pressure. Navalny strategist Leonid Volkov tweeted Monday for more demonstrations on Jan. 31 in “all Russian cities. … For Navalny’s freedom. For our freedom. For justice.” During Saturday’s protests, over 3,700 people were detained, according to OVD-Info, a human rights group that monitors political arrests. The group said the number was a record in its nine years of work. More than 1,400 occurred in Moscow alone — also a record, according to Russian media. Authorities launched more than a dozen criminal investigations in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities on charges of inciting unrest, involving minors in illegal activity, violence against police, blocking...
    Riot police officers detain a participant in an unauthorised rally in support of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in Khabarovsk Thousands of people took to the streets in Russia’s Far East and Siberia on Saturday in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny as Moscow braced for its own demonstrations. Seven time zones east of Moscow, about 3,000 people marched across the city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, chanting “Navalny!” In Novosibirsk, chants “Putin is a thief” rang out in freezing minus 19 C temperatures as opposition supporters walked across the city to the main square. Riot police were deployed to most of the protesting cities, with local media reporting violent detentions in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. OVD-Info, a citizen project that collects information on protesters’ detentions, reported over 130 arrests across Russia by late Monday morning. The protests were triggered by the arrest of Mr Navalny who returned to Russia last Sunday for the first time since he was poisoned and airlifted to Germany for treatment. Law enforcement officers stand guard during a rally in northern Yakutsk Russia...
    Mr. Navalny’s team, detained until at least February 15 and targeted by multiple legal proceedings, called for protests on Saturday in 65 Russian cities to demand the release of the main enemy of the Kremlin, “illegal” gatherings according to the authorities. After having arrested several collaborators of Mr. Navalny on Thursday, the police continued the arrests on Friday with the coordinator of the head office of the opponent in Vladivostok in the Far East, Ekaterina Vedernikova, and a collaborator of the headquarters of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, Elena Noskovets. The opponent’s team also reported the arrest of the coordinator from Tyumen, in the Urals, of another collaborator in the Kaliningrad enclave, and of Sergei Boyko, including the coalition in Novosibirsk, in Siberia, challenged the Kremlin party in regional elections in September. Arrested Thursday, a rising figure of the movement, Lioubov Sobol, and the spokesperson for Mr. Navalny, Kira Iarmych, must appear for their part Friday before judges for having called for demonstrations classified as illegal. Ms. Iarmych’s lawyer, Veronika Poliakova, told . that her client faced 10 days in detention....
    Published Tuesday, this long investigation accompanied by a video of nearly two hours accuses the Russian president of benefiting via nominees from an opulent residence on the shores of the Black Sea. The Kremlin has rejected all of these claims. In two days, the video has been viewed approximately 40 million times on YouTube. Mr. Navalny’s team also told . that they had received nearly 10 million rubles (112,000 euros) in donations since the investigation was released. The video fueled thousands of social media posts in support of the nationwide call for demonstrations on Saturday for the release of Mr. Navalny from rallies not authorized by the authorities. The youth are particularly mobilized on Tik Tok. The Russian Attorney General’s Office reacted on Thursday by announcing that it was preparing measures to “limit access to illegal information” published online and constituting “calls to participate in illegal mass actions on January 23, 2021”. The day before, the Russian telecommunications gendarme Roskomnadzor had sent a warning to the Tik Tok and Vkontakte platforms, the Russian equivalent of Facebook, asking them to...
    MOSCOW — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s return to his homeland Sunday was, from the very start, meant to be a symbolic act of defiance. He was arrested on arrival and now sits in Moscow’s most notorious detention facility awaiting a trial that could see him jailed for years, under guard by the same regime he says tried to kill him with a Soviet-era nerve agent. When Navalny announced he would finally return to Russia, after recovering from Novichok poisoning in a German hospital, it begged the question: why? The Kremlin had made it clear for months it did not want President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponent to return, and was willing to play dirty to discourage it In the days since Navalny’s return, it appears he’s returned for what could be his final fight. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics “They are afraid,” he said in a video recorded from a makeshift courtroom outside Moscow on Monday, where he was sentenced to 30 days pretrial detention. “They are afraid of you,” he said. “They are...
    Moscow (CNN)Police raided the home of Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol early Friday and took her in for questioning, according to a series of tweets from opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his team."Today at 7 am the police came to Lyubov Sobol's apartment," the team wrote in a Twitter post on Friday. "Since 7:10 Sobol has not been in touch, and the cameras in her apartment were sealed and turned off."Navalny and his team believe the incident is in response to Sobol's attempt to visit the home of Konstantin Kudryavtsev, one of the Federal Security Service (FSB) agents who Navalny has accused of participating in the plot to kill him.Police seized all the electronics belonging to Sobol, to her husband and to daughter, Navalny's team said.Ivan Zhdanov, head of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund, wrote on Twitter that investigators launched a probe into trespassing "with the use of violence or a threat to use it" after Sobol rang the doorbell of the FSB agent.Read MoreRussian authorities have not officially announced that a case has been opened.Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny dupes spy...
    EXCLUSIVE by Tim Lister, Clarissa Ward and Sebastian Shukla | CNN A Russian agent sent to tail opposition leader Alexey Navalny has revealed how he was poisoned in August — with the lethal nerve agent Novichok planted in his underpants. The stunning disclosure from an agent who belonged to an elite toxins team in Russia’s FSB security service came in a lengthy phone call following the unmasking of the unit by CNN and the online investigative outfit Bellingcat last week. In what he was told was a debriefing, Konstantin Kudryavtsev also talked about others involved in the poisoning in the Siberian city of Tomsk, and how he was sent to clean things up. But the agent was not speaking to an official in Russia’s National Security Council as he thought. He was talking to Navalny himself, who almost died after being poisoned in August. Navalny has long been a thorn in the side of President Vladimir Putin, exposing corruption in high places and campaigning against the ruling United Russia party. Putin essentially confirmed last week that FSB agents tailed Navalny...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said reports revealing new details about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were “funny to read.” A CNN -Bellingcat investigation into the apparent attack found evidence that Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, formed a team that specialized in nerve agents similar to the one Navalny was poisoned with and had been keeping tabs on the 44-year-old dissident for years before he collapsed during an August flight and was rushed to the hospital. “We are already used to the fact that the United States and other Western countries simply announce in the media yet another set of accusations against Russia, be it hackers or some kind of a sensation about the double or even triple poisoning of Navalny,” Lavrov told reporters. “All this news is funny to read, but it says only one thing — or rather the manner in which this news is presented says only one thing — that our Western partners do not have any ethical standards and lack skill in normal diplomatic work and [have]...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said reports revealing new details about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were “funny to read.” A CNN-Bellingcat investigation into the apparent attack found evidence that Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, formed a team that specialized in nerve agents like the one Navalny was poisoned with and had been keeping tabs on the 44-year-old dissident for years before he collapsed during an August flight and was rushed to the hospital. “We are already used to the fact that the United States and other Western countries simply announce in the media yet another set of accusations against Russia, be it hackers, or some kind of a sensation about the double or even triple poisoning of Navalny,” Lavrov told reporters. “All this news is funny to read, but it says only one thing — or rather the manner in which this news is presented says only one thing — that our Western partners do not have any ethical standards and lack skill in normal diplomatic work, and [have] unwillingness to...
    (CNN)Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has told CNN that he is certain Russian leader Vladimir Putin knew of an elaborate shadowing operation by elite agents before he was poisoned."I am totally sure that Putin was aware," Navalny said on Tuesday, during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "The operation of such skill and for such a long time cannot exist without a ruling from the chief of (Russian Security Service) FSB, Mr. Bortnikov. And he would never dare it without the direct order of President Putin."The anti-corruption crusader was reacting to an investigation by the group Bellingcat and joined by CNN, which pieced together how a FSB unit followed his team throughout an August trip to Siberia. The investigation found that two teams comprising five or six agents were deployed on Navalny's Siberian trip in August 2020, including people who specialized in toxins and nerve agents. Read MoreThe Russian government has not responded to the report, though the Kremlin has previously denied any involvement in Navalny's poisoning. CNN-Bellingcat investigation identifies Russian specialists who trailed Putins nemesis Alexey Navalny before he...
    A suspected Russian FSB agent accused of plotting to poison Alexei Navalny slammed a door in a reporter's face when she tried to confront him over the claims.  Oleg Tayakin was one of the men named in an explosive investigation which claimed he was part of a secret FSB chemical weapons unit that tailed Navalny for three years before he was poisoned with Novichok in Siberia last summer.  Tayakin, who was based at the unit's alleged Moscow headquarters, is also said to have spied on Navalny's aide Maria Pevchikh when she set off on the fateful trip.  Tracked down to his home near Moscow by CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, Tayakin briefly showed his face before pulling the door ajar when she introduced herself in English and Russian, and shutting it completely when she said Navalny's name.  'Can I ask you a couple of questions... was it your team that poisoned Navalny?,' she asked, receiving no response.   The Kremlin has always denied involvement in Navalny's poisoning, and today saw a state media blackout after the alleged FSB hit squad was unmasked.   ...
    CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward confronted Russian agent Oleg Tayakin over his alleged involvement in the attempted killing of Alexey Navalny, showing up at his apartment building in Moscow to get answers. “Back in Moscow, we went in search for the FSB’s toxins team,” CNN’s chief international correspondent said in the segment, referring to Russia’s intelligence service. Tayakin, is believed to be a senior member of the FSB’s poisoning squad. “So, we are here now at one of the home of one of the FSB team and we’re going to see if he has anything to say to us,” she continued. Tayakin opened his door, and Ward began to speak to him in Russian, confirming his name before stating she is with CNN. “My name is Clarissa Ward, I work for CNN, can I ask you a couple of questions?” she stated, after asking the same in Russian. As Tayakin saw the camera, he hid behind the door. “Was it your team that poisoned Navalny?” the CNN correspondent continued, asking first in Russian, then in English. As soon as she asked...
    Tomsk, Russia (CNN)At about 9 a.m. on August 13, a 33-year-old Russian woman named Maria Pevchikh checked in for a flight from Moscow to the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. She was not alone.Trailing her to Domodedovo airport that morning was a member of an elite unit of the Russian Security Service, the FSB. Oleg Tayakin, a slim, balding man with blue-green eyes, remained at the airport until Pevchikh left. Pevchikh was traveling in advance of a visit to Siberia by Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, whose anti-corruption campaign she leads.This image of Maria Pevchikh leaving her home for the airport and her flight to Novosibirsk was aired on REN TV and other Russian media.The Navalny team is constantly watched by the FSB in Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union's secret police force, the KGB. But Tayakin is no ordinary agent. He belongs to a small team specializing in toxins and nerve agents. That very morning, several of its agents were on their way to Novosibirsk, two hours ahead of Pevchikh. They knew that Navalny, a thorn in President Vladimir...
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin accused colleagues of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Friday of hampering a Russian investigation by taking items from his hotel room out of the country, including a water bottle the colleagues claimed had traces of the Soviet nerve agent that German authorities said was used to poison Navalny. Navalny's colleagues revealed Thursday that they removed the bottle and other items from the hotel room in Siberia and brought them to Germany as potential evidence. because they didn't trust Russian authorities to conduct a proper probe after the Krmlin's arch foe became critically ill on a flight to Moscow. “Regrettably, what could have been evidence of poisoning was taken away,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on the domestic flight on Aug. 20 and was transferred to Germany for treatment at his wife's request two days later. A German military lab later determined that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was...
    MOSCOW – The Kremlin accused colleagues of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Friday of hampering a Russian investigation by taking items from his hotel room out of the country, including a water bottle the colleagues claimed had traces of the Soviet nerve agent that German authorities said was used to poison Navalny. Navalny's colleagues revealed Thursday that they removed the bottle and other items from the hotel room in Siberia and brought them to Germany as potential evidence. because they didn't trust Russian authorities to conduct a proper probe after the Krmlin's arch foe became critically ill on a flight to Moscow. “Regrettably, what could have been evidence of poisoning was taken away,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on the domestic flight on Aug. 20 and was transferred to Germany for treatment at his wife's request two days later. A German military lab later determined that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on a...
    Traces of the nerve agent Novichok were found on a bottle of water in Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, his colleagues said Thursday. It had been reported that the Kremlin critic was poisoned after drinking tea laced with the toxin at the airport before boarding a return flight to Moscow. After falling ill on the plane, the pilot made an emergency landing in Omsk, where Navalny was hospitalized before being taken to Berlin two days later on a medevac plane. ALEXEI NAVALNY'S ANTI-CORRUPTION MESSAGE CONTINUES, DESPITE POISONING, IN VIDEOS RELEASED BY HIS FOUNDATION  In Germany, Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote at Berlin's Charite hospital. Members of the outspoken politician's inner circle immediately accused the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin of having a hand in the poisoning -- an accusation Russian officials have vehemently denied. The Kremlin has also shrugged off calls made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to answer questions about the poisoning. On Tuesday, Navalny posted a picture...
    THE deadly toxin Novichok was found on bottles of water in Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's Siberian hotel room, say his team. The shocking claim was made alongside a video posted on the outspoken politician's Instagram account earlier today. 8Alexei Navalny is being treated in a German hospital after being poisonedCredit: Reuters 8A video posted on Instagram showed empty water bottles in his hotel roomCredit: Reuters The revelation suggests he was targeted there and not at a Russian airport as first thought. Navalny fell violently ill on a flight in his homeland last month and was later airlifted to Berlin for specialist treatment. Science labs in Germany, France and Sweden later established he was poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent. The notorious toxin is believed to have been developed by the Soviet military, though Russia has always strongly denied this claim. The video posted on Navalny's account showed members of his team searching a room he had just left in the Xander Hotel in Tomsk. It was apparently filmed on August 20, just an hour after they learned he...
    Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny fell deathly ill on a flight to Moscow after drinking from a poisoned bottle of water in his hotel room in Siberia, his team claimed Thursday. The dissident was airlifted to Germany and kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote at a Berlin hospital after becoming sick on Aug. 20. Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden have established he was poisoned by the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, though Russia has strongly denied this and said it had seen no evidence. On Thursday, Navalny’s team posted a video on Instagram showing them searching the room he had just left in the Xander Hotel in Tomsk an hour after they learned he had fallen sick under suspicious circumstances, Reuters reported. “It was decided to gather up everything that could even hypothetically be useful and hand it to the doctors in Germany. The fact that the case would not be investigated in Russia was quite obvious,” the team said in the post. The footage from the abandoned hotel room...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a bottle of water in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, not at the airport as previously thought, his team said alongside a video posted on Navalny's Instagram account on Thursday. Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight in Russia last month and was subsequently airlifted to Berlin for treatment. Germany says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned. (Reporting by Anton Zverev and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Mark Trevelyan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    While Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny recovers from poisoning in a Berlin hospital, his Anti-Corruption Foundation is keeping up its fight on behalf of Russian citizens. The foundation just released a blistering video expose bluntly called “Bribes. Palaces. Planes. That’s what the people of Tatarstan were traded for.” The film alleges massive corruption in Russia and sets off to follow the money trail allegedly left by Tatarstan’s leader and his family. Russia analyst Anna Zafesova, who has followed Navalny’s work closely, told Fox News she believes it’s vitally important that his team continue. "Not only because it’s one of very few sources of free information about  corruption and the abuse of power in Putin’s Russia, but also because it’s a sign that Navalny is not just a famous media person," she said. "He has dozens of young women and men perfectly capable of carrying on his investigative work. Maybe they are less charismatic than he, but they are proof that the Russian opposition is not only virtual and cannot be silenced with the poisoning of its leader.” POISONED KREMLIN CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY OUT OF COMA AND RESPONSIVE:...
    Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny awoke from a coma after an apparent poisoning. Navalny, who was flown to a German hospital after allegedly being poisoned in August, is awake and responding to verbal stimuli, according to doctors. They said that the long-term effects of his poisoning have yet to be determined. “The patient has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation,” Berlin’s Charite hospital told the Associated Press in a statement. ”He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.” German authorities said that medical tests concluded “proof without doubt” that Navalny was poisoned by a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, which British authorities found was used on others. Navalny became unconscious during a flight between Russian cities, which his team said was the result of a "toxic poisoning." He was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit at the hospital. Navalny's team suspected he was poisoned while in prison, though with a...
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