Russian authorities have charged opposition leader Alexei Navalny with criminal charges, according to an official statement released on Friday.
Lyubov Sobol, 33, was accused of committing acts of violence when Navalny tried to break into a secret agent who allegedly was part of Navalny’s plot to kill him.
Investigators have accused Sobol of “using violence or intimidation” after knocking on the door of an accused representative of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the country’s main security agency.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Sobol, a well-known figure in Russia’s political opposition, was earlier called as a witness in an investigation. But later Friday, Navalny ally Ivan Ivan
“Lyubov Sobol is now a legal suspect in a criminal case and his situation has changed,” Zhanov wrote on Twitter. She was arrested within 48 hours of her arrest
Sobol’s lawyer Vladimir Voronin confirmed the information to the AFP news agency.
‘Shocking and reactive’
Russia’s commission of inquiry into major crimes said in a statement on Friday that Sobol and others had repeatedly tried to break into the apartment of an elderly woman in eastern Moscow, wearing the uniform of the country’s consumer watchdog.
Sobol allegedly tricked a courier into taking her room inside and forced her into the woman’s apartment when the door opened.
Navalny’s group added that Sobol was trying to confront the individual accused of trying to kill Novichok with chemical weapons in August.
After 7:00 a.m. Friday (GMT 4:00), the 33-year-old opposition activist posted a video on her Twitter account from her apartment before contacting her.
In the video, her 7-year-old daughter heard someone pounding on her front door and asked to open it.
Investigators also confiscated Sobol’s technology and her daughter’s mobile phone
On Monday, Navalny said on the phone that he had deceived the FSB and chemical weapons expert Konstantin Kudryavtsev. I admit it This summer, local intelligence agencies poisoned him in his underwear and tried to kill him.
Later Monday, Sobol went to his apartment in Moscow, where Kudryavtsev lived. She was arrested at the scene and questioned for hours.
Navalny, 44, said Sobol denied the allegations made by FSB security officials Monday night.
The Russian authorities’ “threat response” only proved their guilt
“You are ringing the door of the murderer. I have taken you away to pick you up,” he wrote on his website.
The FSB said Navalny’s connection to Kudryavtsev was fake, but he did not deny that he worked for the agency.
Security officials arrested Navalny with a tail but denied any attempt to poison her.
‘We will win’
Opposition to Sobol is the latest in a series of crackdowns on Kremlin opposition ahead of next year’s elections.
Although Sobol tried to flee, he was often barred from standing by his outspoken critics. She tried to run for the Moscow City Council in 2011 but was not registered as a candidate. The controversy sparked mass protests.
Navalny’s lawyer Sobol regularly watches YouTube videos with thousands of views on exposing corruption among senior Russian officials.
British broadcaster BBC Sobol was named one of the world’s 100 most influential women last year.
On August 20 this year, Navalny became seriously ill on a Russian domestic flight from Siberia’s Tomsk to Moscow.
Navalny made an emergency landing in Omsk, Siberia, where he was initially treated. Two days later he transferred medicine to Berlin.
Navalny said he hoped to return to Russia to take advantage of the aftermath of the poisoning that escalated tensions between Moscow and the West.
Lavender, who is receiving medical treatment in Germany, said late Thursday that he was optimistic.
“I absolutely believe we can win,” Sobol said on YouTube.
Life will give us a little pressure, but it will only make us stronger. ”
Germany Laboratories in France and Sweden determined that Navalny had been poisoned by a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an assassination attempt. Russia has denied the allegations