Opponent Alexey Navalny’s bank accounts were frozen by Russian bailiffs and his apartment was partially seized in court proceedings while he was in Berlin hospital, where he was admitted after suspected poisoning, his spokesman said on Thursday, September 24.
Russian bailiffs froze accounts and part of opponent Alexei Navalny’s apartment when he was in a coma after suspected poisoning in late August.
In a video, the spokesman for the opponent Kira Iarmych indicated that Russian justice had frozen Alexei Navalny’s share of his apartment in Moscow on August 27. Therefore, this home can “no longer be sold, given or mortgaged”.
She added that the opponent’s accounts had also been seized.
Contacted by AFP, Kira Iarmych said that the opponent, currently in Germany after being hospitalized in Berlin, could still “continue living” in this apartment immediately if he returned to Russia.
Anti-corruption activist and harsh critic of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, became seriously ill on August 20 on a plane in Siberia.
Three European laboratories have concluded that it was poisoned with a Novichok-type neurotransmitter, designed for military purposes during the Soviet era. Fees rejected by Moscow.
The opponent was released on Tuesday from the Charité hospital in Berlin where he had been treated for a month. He will stay in Germany immediately for the rest of his convalescence.
The Kremlin claimed that it was “free” to return to Russia.
According to the opponent’s spokesman, these new court decisions are linked to a dispute between a sulfurous businessman, believed to be close to the Kremlin, Evgueni Prigojine, to Alexei Navalny and one of his allies, Lioubov Sobol.
“Sleep cheaply outside my door”
In October, the two activists and their anti-corruption organization were ordered to pay almost 88 million rubles (978,000 euros at the current rate) to a school company, Moskovski Chkolnik.
The company sued the opponent and his defamation organization for publishing an investigation claiming that this company had served food that was dangerous to the health of school children.
Alexeï Navalny and his team target the corruption of Russian elites in their investigations and gather millions of opinions on social networks.
Reacts to the freezes of Mr. Navalny’s property, Evgueni Prigojine, nicknamed “Putin’s chef”, claimed on Thursday that the opponent owed “all the money” and that he was “on the run in Germany.”
“I can offer him to sleep cheaply outside my door,” the businessman added, quoting a statement from his company, Concord, published on the Russian social network VKontakte.
On August 26, Evgueni Prigojine had already stated in a press release that he would “destroy” Alexei Navalny, if he survived, and his followers, whom he had qualified as “unscrupulous people”.
At the end of August, opponent Lioubov Sobol announced that he had suddenly been charged 34 million rubles (377,000 euros at current exchange rates) in the context of this dispute.
By March, Yevgeny Prigojine had already demanded $ 50 billion in compensation from the United States after being sanctioned by Washington for his role in Moscow’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election.
He is also accused – which he denies – of being linked to the Wagner group, whose men would serve in particular in Syria, Libya and several African countries.