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    TV Channel Shows Documentary Alleging Navalny Funded by MI6, CIA

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    Rossiya-1 TV channel has unveiled a documentary alleging Navalny is funded by the British intelligence, including via the Moscow Helsinki Group, one of the oldest human rights watchdogs, as well as presenting documents and correspondence purportedly testifying to his links with CEO of UK-based Hermitage Capital investment fund William Browder.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Meanwhile, the documentary did not mention that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny knew the source of alleged funding.

    The documentary also contains an extract from an alleged tip-off by a CIA employee advising Browder to secure termination of medical assistance to a legal consultant for Hermitage Capital Management, Sergei Magnitsky, who died of heart failure in 2009 while in custody where he was being held on tax evasion charges.

    Alleged links between the opposition figure and the United States and the United Kingdom were revealed by the former long-time head of businessman Boris Berezovsky's security, Sergei Sokolov during an interview with Rossiya-1 channel’s Vesti Nedeli. Sokolov claiming that he had obtained access to data from servers originating in Ukraine, said "absolutely clear" evidence existed suggesting Navalny and Browder were connected.

    One of the documents, the channel says is related to MI6 and dates back 2008, mentions Navalny allegedly received 100 million rubles ($1.5 million) for "activities aimed at exposing corruption and the theft of Russian state assets." The first batch amounting to 7 million rubles was allegedly expected to be transferred to a trustee from the Moscow Helsinki Group by January 26.

    The documentary referring to an alleged tip-off to the CIA head dated September 20, 2009 also suggests Browder "purpotedly through confidants in Russia's penitentiary system was offered to arrange termination of any medical assistance to Magnitsky."

    "Health deterioration will be registered as a medical error, which may lead to his death. I hereby request to pay particular attention to this information," the channel cited the alleged tip-off not mentioning though whether Browder made use of this recommendation.

    Magnitsky was detained in 2008 and accused of conspiracy and abatement for tax evasion by a group of individuals. He died in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center in Moscow on November 16, 2009.

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