Saturday 23 September 2017

Russian police ready to arrest protest blogger

Shaun Walker in Moscow

RUSSIAN authorities are reported to be preparing to arrest Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger and a key leader of the street protests in the country in recent months.

According to a report in the Russian media, confirmed by Mr Navalny's lawyers, the Investigative Committee will formally issue charges of extortion on Monday. The likely charges relate to claims that Mr Navalny acted inappropriately while working as a consultant to the governor of a Russian region several years ago.

Mr Navalny's lawyer confirmed that the blogger had been called before the Investigative Committee on Monday, and said he planned to deny all the charges. Usually, the particular law involved would not involve defendants being remanded in custody, but Mr Navalny's lawyers say that given the nature of the case, "anything is possible". (© Independent News Service)

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