Posted on Dec 25, 2020
Russian law enforcement agencies opened a criminal case against Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and took her in for questioning early on Friday after raiding her home, Navalny and his supporters said.
There was no immediate comment from the police, Reuters reports.
Supporters of Navalny said the police action appeared to be a response to Sobol visiting the home of an alleged FSB security service agent in Moscow on Monday. She rang the doorbell but was not allowed in.
According to Ivan Zhdanov, a lawyer for Navalny’s anti-corruption organisation, police suspected Sobol of violating the sanctity of someone’s home with the use or threat of violence, a charge that carries a punishment of up to two years in jail.
Sobol hopes to run for elections to the lower house of parliament next year, however a conviction on what appear to be fabricated charges would prevent her from doing so.
During the raid on her home, police took advantage of the opportunity to seize her computers and phones.
In November 2016, Sobol's husband, Sergei Mokhov, was temporarily paralysed and went into convulsions when a man injected him in the leg with an unknown substance. Sobol said at the time she believed the assault may have been prompted by her investigations into the financial affairs of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman known as “Putin’s cook” because of his Kremlin catering contracts.
In August 2019 the BBC referred to Sobol as "the woman driving Russian opposition."
Image: Lyubov Sobol, via Twitter: @SobolLubo
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