Navalny, a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin, and eight of his aides were on Tuesday included in a related list by Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service. According to the law, the bank accounts of the people included in this list are frozen.
The names of Navalny’s top aides – Lyubov Sobol and Georgy Alburov – have also been added to the list of terrorists and extremists.
The move comes just a year after Navalny’s arrest, which sparked one of the biggest mass protests across the country. He was detained on his return from Germany. He returned to Russia five months later after undergoing treatment in Germany for a ‘nerve agent’ toxin attack, but was arrested.
He blamed the attack on the Russian presidential office, which denied it.
AP Netrapal Avinash