Interesting story from Democracy Digest
A Russian human rights group says police have raided the offices of three employees of an NGO led by Russian anti-corruption activist and Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, RFE/RL reports:
Masked police early on August 8 searched the offfices of Aleksandr Pomazuev, Evgeny Zamyatin, and Vyacheslav Gimadi located on the premises of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow, seizing crates full of documents. The search was part of a criminal money-laundering investigation, the Apology of Protest rights watchdog said in an August 8 message on Telegram.
Russian authorities on Thursday froze a slew of bank accounts linked to Navalny as part of a money laundering investigation that his allies say is a trumped-up attempt to cripple his political movement, Reuters adds.
The latest wave of protests is undermining the legitimacy and credibility of Vladimir Putin’s kleptocracy – a form of crony capitalism, as analyst Anders Aslund would have it.
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