Raids in Moscow: Navalny’s brother arrested

From: 27.01.2013 23:04

Russian police have arrested a brother and two employees of the imprisoned opposition politician Navalny. Earlier, several offices and private homes of Nawalny’s team and family were searched in the raid.

Among other things, his brother was arrested during raids against relatives and employees of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Oleg Navalny was originally in custody for 48 hours, Navalny’s employee Ivan Zdanov said on Twitter. The reason was a violation of the requirements for corona hygiene, Nawalny’s team wrote on the Telegram. Lawyer Lyubow Sobol, a close confidant and colleague of Alexei Navalny and an employee of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, were also detained.

Masked uniformed men have been searching the offices and private apartments of opposition politicians’ families and employees since the afternoon – apparently even here he was accused of violating hygiene. A family apartment in Moscow, the apartment of Navalny’s wife Julie and the apartment of his spokeswoman Kira Jarmyschova were searched.

The brother was not arrested for the first time

Nawalny’s brother was sentenced to long prison years ago. Navalny accused the state of taking Oleg hostage to put him under pressure himself.

The last wave of searches came the day before the court was about to rule on Alexei Navalny’s 30-day prison sentence. Navalny’s lawyers want to release the 44-year-old man before the Khimki city court near Moscow on Thursday. The leader of the Russian opposition was arrested at the airport on January 17 after his return to Russia. During his recovery from poisoning in Germany, he allegedly violated reporting requirements in previous criminal proceedings.

Navalny’s imprisonment provoked international outrage. According to the organizers, up to 300,000 people demonstrated in Russia last weekend for his release. The protests are scheduled to continue on Sunday.

Mark James

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