MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny on Monday launched an international anti-corruption organisation, a 12 months after his Russian Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) was outlawed as extremist.
Navalny’s Telegram channel, which carries messages handed to his supporters through legal professionals who’re allowed contact with him, mentioned the fund’s advisory board would come with former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Anne Applebaum, and Navalny’s spouse, Yulia Navalnaya.
Navalny got here to prominence by utilizing his Foundation to catalogue the wealth of senior Russian officers in a sequence of caustic and extensively watched movies, and has change into President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic.
Last 12 months’s court docket ruling outlawing the Foundation in impact barred his allies from operating in elections and gave authorities the ability to jail ACF activists and freeze their financial institution accounts, chopping off its skill to obtain donations from supporters.
Navalny’s social media feeds mentioned on Monday that the brand new Anti-Corruption Foundation International could be “utterly clear and comprehensible”, and that its first funds could be the 50,000 euro ($50,000) Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought that the European Parliament awarded him final 12 months.
“As all the time, we’re counting in your assist and help, and we promise that we are going to work nicely,” Navalny was quoted as saying.
Navalny was jailed in 2020 for violating bail situations on his return from Germany, the place he had been recovering from a near-fatal poisoning in Russia with a Soviet-era nerve toxin.
This 12 months he was sentenced to an additional 9 years in jail for fraud and contempt of court docket, fees that he says have been fabricated as a way to thwart his political ambitions.
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(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Hugh Lawson)