Russia puts Navalny’s brother Oleg back on wanted list

Russia puts Navalny’s brother Oleg back on wanted list
Russia puts Navalny’s brother Oleg back on wanted list / bne IntelliNews
By bne IntelliNews February 20, 2024

The Russian Interior Ministry has placed Oleg Navalny, the brother of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, on its wanted list for new unspecified criminal allegations on February 20.

The database entry for Oleg Navalny merely notes that he is "Wanted under an article of the Criminal Code," without providing specifics on the charges.

Sources within law enforcement confirmed to TASS that new charges have been brought against Oleg but gave no further information regarding the nature of these allegations.

The new charges follow a 2021 ruling by Moscow's Preobrazhensky Court, which handed Oleg Navalny a one-year suspended sentence. The sentence was in connection with accusations of attempting to orchestrate an unsanctioned rally in January 2021 through social media, an act that purportedly contravened COVID-19 restrictions.

The Federal Penitentiary Service later petitioned the court to convert Navalny's suspended sentence into actual prison time, arguing that he had failed to adhere to the court-imposed restrictions. This request was predicated on Navalny's alleged non-compliance with probationary measures. Navalny broke his parole as he was recovering from an assassination attempt by the state with Novichok in a hospital in Berlin at the time and consequently failed to turn up to his parole meetings in Moscow as a result.

Oleg Navalny's placement on the wanted list in January 2022 by the penitentiary service marked a continuation of the legal challenges faced by the Navalny family.

Russia’s penitentiary service reported his brother Alexei Navalny’s death on February 16.