Increased Tension: Russian Authorities Put Brother Navalny Again on the Warrant

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Russia has once again placed the brother of Alexei Navalny on the wanted list, the Russian Gazeta reports

by Sededin Dedovic
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Increased Tension: Russian Authorities Put Brother Navalny Again on the Warrant
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia (MIA) has once again placed the brother of Alexei Navalny, Oleg Navalny, on the wanted list, the Russian Gazeta announced. According to TASS information published on their Telegram channel, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia initiated a new criminal case against Oleg Navalny, but the details of the specific article of the indictment were not specified.

The move comes after the Federal Prison Service filed a request in January 2022 to convert Oleg Navalny's suspended sentence for violating sanitation standards into actual prison time. Lawyer Nikas Paraskevov said that he placed his client on a warrant because he did not respond to the Federal Service.

Previously, the Lublin Court in Moscow changed Oleg's suspended sentence to an actual prison sentence. According to court documents, Oleg Navalny left Russia and went to Cyprus in September 2021, after which he did not return.

The Federal Prison Service applied for a change of sentence because he did not comply with measures put in place in response to a "sanitary incident". Oleg Navalny, like his brother Alexei Navalny, are known critics of the Russian government and have often been the target of legal proceedings and persecution.

The two have been active in Russia's political life, with Alexei Navalny a candidate in the 2018 presidential election before being sentenced to prison on embezzlement charges. His arrest and imprisonment sparked international controversy and sparked protests across Russia.

This new issue of the warrant for Oleg Navalny will further increase the tension in the relations between the Russian authorities and the opposition, as well as the international community, which is monitoring the situation with concern about the treatment of political dissidents in Russia.

While Russia maintains its position of toughness towards the Navalnys, international pressure for respect for human rights and the rule of law is growing. The European Union and the United States of America have already expressed their concern about the Russian authorities' treatment of the opposition, and the new case against Oleg Navalny will only increase these tensions.

Critics claim that this action is being used to stifle political opposition, while government advocates claim that the charges are well-founded and legal procedures are being followed.

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