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Mass raids target Russian opposition chief

Mass raids target Russian opposition chief


Anna SMOLCHENKO

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AFPOctober 15, 2019



Moscow (AFP) - Russian investigators raided opposition campaign offices across the country on Tuesday, in the latest move to increase pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies.

The early morning raids targeted more than 100 of Navalny's campaign offices and homes of activists in 30 cities, the opposition said, including the headquarters of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow.

An AFP journalist saw several armed interior ministry officers in black balaclavas enter the business centre where the foundation's offices are located.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, denounced the raids as an attempt to intimidate the opposition after a summer of protests.

"This will not stop us," he said in a post on his blog shortly after the raids began.

"We are doing the right thing. And those who are against us are enemies of Russia."

The Investigative Committee said Tuesday that the raids were part of an ongoing probe into money-laundering.

It said accounts of Navalny's foundation had been frozen under a court order.

The raids followed similar mass searches last month.

In August, Russian investigators launched a money-laundering probe into Navalny's anti-corruption foundation accusing it of taking money as donations that was procured illegally.

The 43-year-old lawyer said he had lost track of the number of times his foundation has been raided in the past two months and that 112 investigators are working on the case.

- 'Seeking revenge' -

Navalny has organised some of the biggest protests against Putin in recent years and his anti-corruption rhetoric has grown increasingly popular.

While barred from mainstream politics, he has worked hard to expose the ostentatious wealth of Russia's elite and his video reports are watched by millions on social media.

Putin's approval rating has been falling amid anger over unchecked corruption and declining living standards following the 2014 annexation of Crimea and Western sanctions.

Last month, investigators raided dozens of Navalny's regional offices, as well as the homes of his supporters,
 

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Russia To Hold Talks With Egypt, India, Indonesia And The UK Regarding Plans To Install Earth Stations At Her Embassies
A document on the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media’s website has revealed that the country plans to hold talks with the Egypt, India, Indonesia and the Uk concerning her intentions to install of earth stations at her embassies in these countries.

The published plan, approved by the State Commission on Radio Frequencies, stated that it is likely to hold talks with Egypt as well as Indonesia regarding the installation of earth satellite communications station in her embassies in their countries.

Furthermore, the document recognised the need to do the same with the UK and India this year to agree on the placement of these stations, but did not reveal the reason behind these plans.

Also contained in the document are briefings on Russia’s intentions to send to the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union information on radio frequencies that will be used by the earth remote sensing satellites SMOTR and Kondor-FKA, next-generation Orel manned spacecraft and Ionozond space complex.
Russia To Hold Talks With Egypt, India, Indonesia And The UK Regarding Plans To Install Earth Stations At Her Embassies - Space in Africa