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    Police Search Apartments of Activists Working With Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation

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    Russia's Investigative Committee has summoned several employees of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), run by Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, for interrogation over a money laundering case, and also ordered the arrest FBK accounts.

    The Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), run by Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has reported that the Russian police conducted numerous searches at the apartments of regional coordinators and activists in 41 cities.

    The police have reportedly raided Navalny team offices seizing equipment from the coordinators and then summoning them for questioning.

    FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands near a ballot box at a polling station during the Moscow city parliament election in Moscow, Russia September 8, 2019
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    FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands near a ballot box at a polling station during the Moscow city parliament election in Moscow, Russia September 8, 2019

    In August, the Russian Investigative Committee stated that it had launched a criminal investigation into money laundering involving around 1 billion rubles ($15.3 million), obtained via illegal means.

    Banks have received judicial orders to arrest the accounts of the FBK, another non-profit organisation dubbed Citizen Rights Protection, and over 100 other accounts of individuals and entities, the committee added.

    The maximum punishment for the offences being investigated by the committee is up to 7 years in prison.

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