Russian law enforcement authorities have opened criminal proceedings against Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) of outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, and brought her up for questioning, the foundation’s head said on December 25.
FBK director Ivan Zhdanov said on Twitter that investigators opened an investigation into Sobol for entering “with force or threats to use it” after she rang the doorbell of an agent working for the Federal Security Service ( FSB) in the poisoning of the 44-year-old Kremlin critic.
There was no immediate response from the Russian authorities.
On December 25, police ransacked Sobol’s home and took away their computers and phones, Navalny supporters said.
“Lyubov Sobol was brought for questioning by the investigative committee. The apartment is being searched,” the foundation said said on twitter on December 25th.
Navalny supporters said they thought the police operation was on Response to Sobol’s attempt to meet an agent who involved the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the poisoning of the 44-year-old Kremlin critic.
Sobol was among the journalists and political activists who tried to meet with Konstantin Kudryavtsev on the late evening of December 21, the day Navalny released an audio recording of a conversation with Kudryavtsev about the role of the FSB in the poisoning.
she was briefly arrested at a police station.
Laboratory tests in three different European countries, confirmed by the Global Chemical Weapons Watchdog, revealed that Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-style novichok nerve agent.
Russia declined calls for an investigation into the poisoning and denies the involvement of state agents in the case, pending evidence not yet to be presented.
Navalny is currently in Germany, recovering from poisoning. He said he planned to return at an unknown time.
The European Union and the United Kingdom have freezes against six senior Russian officials believed to be responsible for the Navalny poisoning, as well as an entity involved in the program that spawned a group of military-grade nerve agents called Novichok and travel bans imposed.