MOSCOW, August 11 (RAPSI) — The Russian Investigative Committee has charged Alexey Navalny with creating a non-profit organization that infringes upon the personality and rights of citizens, the press service of the body informs.
Investigators allege that Navalny created a non-profit organization acting as a foreign agent, that is the Anti-Corruption Foundation (found by the Moscow City Court to be an extremist organization and liquidated on the territory of the Russian Federation by its decision). Since 2011, Navalny, together with Ivan Zhdanov, Leonid Volkov and other persons, had headed the said organization. The activities of the foundation involved the inducement of citizens to commit illegal acts, the statement reads.
According to the Investigative Committee, Navalny, Volkov, Zhdanov and other persons organized the dissemination of publications containing calls for citizens to participate in unauthorized rallies this January. At the same time, Navalny was well aware that the participants of these rallies were committing an administrative offense.
The charges brought against Navalny carry a sentence up to 3 years in prison, the body said.
This February, Moscow’s Simonovsky District Court overturned a suspended sentence given to Navalny in the Ives Rocher embezzlement case and ordered him to 3.5 years in jail. On February 20, the Moscow City Court upheld the ruling.
Currently, the blogger is serving sentence in a penal colony in Pokrov, a town in the Vladimir Region.