The Russian opposition is out of the Charité, but not out of the sights of Moscow. His apartment was confiscated and his assets frozen.
Bailiffs in Moscow confiscated the apartment of the poisoned Russian opponent of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny. In addition, a court has frozen his assets, said his spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch in a video clip published on Thursday. A corresponding judicial order had already been issued on August 27, when Navalny was in a coma in the Berlin Charité. Navalny can therefore not make transactions through his bank accounts. That is another negative example of the actions of the Russian judiciary, said Jarmysch.
The measure also means that Navalny’s apartment in Moscow’s most populous Maryino district cannot be sold, Jarmysch told the AFP news agency. However, his right to live in the apartment is not affected by the court decision.
Jarmysch had previously told AFP that Navalny planned to return to his home country after completing his medical treatment in Germany. The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that Navalny was free to return to Russia.
The well-known Kremlin critic was admitted to the Charité on August 22, after collapsing two days earlier during a flight in Russia. According to the federal government, Navalny was “undoubtedly” poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the so-called Novitschok group. Moscow rejects the suspicion that Russian government agencies may have deliberately poisoned Navalny.
On Wednesday Navalny was from inpatient treatment at the Charité released Service. The health of the 44-year-old had “improved so much that the acute medical treatment could be ended,” said the university hospital by the time he was discharged on Tuesday. The attending physicians believed that a full recovery was possible for Navalny.
In Russia, the authorities have been taking action against Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation FBK and its employees for a long time. A court had fined the foundation with a fine of 88 million rubles (around one million dollars) after the lawyer LyubovSobol uncovered a scandal during the execution of a state contract for school meals.
Navalny’s stake in the foundation is around 30 million rubles, it said, which is why the bailiffs are now targeting Navalny’s property. After his return, Navalny can live in the apartment. But he can no longer sell them, for example, as Jarmysch explained.
The FBK has long been targeting the machinations of billionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was once a cook for Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin and who now repeatedly receives lucrative jobs, for example in school meals. Navalny’s team not only accused Prigozhin of corruption, but also questioned the quality of the food after massive health problems emerged in children. Prigozhin sued and won the case in the courts in Russia that were considered for sale.
Navalny’s spokeswoman said that even in the case of the controversial school lunch, the judiciary was not concerned with the children’s health, but only with Prigozhin. The entrepreneur, who is repeatedly targeted by Navalny, is seen by the team as a possible man behind the poison attack on Navalny. The entrepreneur wanted to pay for the medical treatment of his critic at the Berlin Charité, but the money was transferred back.