Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition figurehead, has been summoned for questioning by investigators over allegations that he “hit a police officer” throughout a protest rally.
Navalny, a 41-year-old anti-corruption lawyer, stated on Twitter that law enforcement officials delivered the summons to his condominium in southern Moscow at 7.30am on Monday. He stated he was accused of assaulting the officer whereas being detained at a 28 February protest close to Crimson Sq..
Video footage of Navalny’s arrest on the opposition rally reveals him being wrestled to the bottom earlier than being pushed right into a police truck amid clashes between safety forces and protesters. He was launched with out cost that night, however later stated he anticipated to be rearrested earlier than the 18 March presidential elections.
Investigators confirmed that Navalny had been summoned in reference to an inquiry into “bodily accidents” sustained by an officer in the course of the opposition rally. Over 300 individuals had been detained nationwide throughout protests on 28 February.
Navalny is barred from Russia’s presidential elections over a fraud conviction that he says was trumped as much as forestall him difficult President Vladimir Putin on the poll field. He has known as for a boycott of the vote in protest towards what he says are rigged elections which can be all however sure to lead to a brand new six-year time period of workplace for Putin.
Two of Navalny’s supporters had been handed brief jail sentences final week on expenses of urging individuals to attend unsanctioned opposition rallies. Ruslan Shaveddinov and Kira Yarmysh had travelled overseas to hold out a dwell on-line broadcast of final month’s protests and had been detained by police once they returned to Moscow.