Russia has added two key allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to an inventory of “terrorists and extremists,” days forward of the primary anniversary of the opposition chief’s arrest.
Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, who left Russia as authorities had been clamping down on the opposition and dissenting voices, had been seen Friday in a database compiled by the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring (Rosfinmonitoring).
In a publish on Instagram, Zhdanov, 33, mocked the announcement in a public message to 41-year-old Volkov saying, “congratulations, bro.”
The previous yr has seen an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in Russia, together with the jailing of Putin’s prime critic Navalny final January and the outlawing of his political organizations.
Navalny’s political organizations had been branded “extremist,” prompting his crew to close down the regional community that supported his political campaigns and corruption investigations.
Almost all of his prime allies have since fled the nation.
Navalny – President Vladimir Putin’s highest-profile home opponent – has been behind bars since returning to Moscow in January from Germany, the place he was recovering from a poisoning assault with a Novichok nerve agent that each he and the West blame on the Kremlin.