Russian Opposition Politician Gudkov Says He Has Left Country Amid Fear Of Arrest.

Russian opposition politician and former lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov said he has fled the country amid concern he could be arrested on what he called trumped up charges.

Gudkov was detained in Moscow on June 1 over an allegedly unpaid debt on a rented property dating from several years ago. He was released on June 3 without being formally charged.

"I am approaching Kyiv," he said on Facebook in a June 6 post he confirmed to AFP as genuine. “Several sources close to the presidential administration said that if I do not leave the country, the fake criminal case will continue until my arrest.”

Aleksei Navalny, the most prominent Russian opposition leader, was detained in January as he arrived from Germany on charges of violating his parole and sentenced to serve 2 1/2 years in prison.

He said he believed the case was launched to force him out of the country at least until parliamentary elections in September. Gudkov is a former member of parliament.

“I hope that with my departure, the zeal of the gendarmes will decrease. My decision was supported by my family and friends, who also received serious information about threats and risks,” he said in the Facebook post.

Russian authorities opened a criminal case against his father, Gennady Gudkov, a former State Duma deputy and Kremlin critic who lives in Bulgaria, on June 3 over ammunition allegedly found at his apartment in Russia, local media reported.

According to media reports, the ammunition was found during a search conducted in the case involving his son.

There was no official confirmation of the criminal case against Gennady Gudkov from officials.

With reporting by AFP

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Related news
Record-breaking heat wave sweeps U.S.

Record-breaking heat wave sweeps U.S.

Power outages continue in Texas as much of the country tries to keep cool amid scorching and record-breaking temperatures. CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca reports from Dallas and CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardell...

1

U.S. health experts warn of more contagious Delta variant amid push to get people vaccinated

U.S. health experts warn of more contagious Delta variant amid push to get people vaccinated

As CBS News' Nikki Battiste reports, nearly all states have lifted their coronavirus restrictions as infections continue to fall. But, experts say the new Delta variant is a "grave concern" especially in areas with low vaccination rates. Then, Dr....

Biden and Putin hold  «positive»  summit in Geneva despite divisions.

Biden and Putin hold «positive» summit in Geneva despite divisions.

President Biden finished the first European tour of his presidency with a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Both leaders described the talks as "positive" and "constructive" despite ongoing divisions over Rus...

Representative Brian Higgins on push to reopen Canadian border.

Representative Brian Higgins on push to reopen Canadian border.

Democratic Representative Brian Higgins of New York is calling on both U.S. and Canadian officials to come to an agreement on reopening the northern border. Non-essential travel between the two neighboring countries has been restricted since March...

Lack of Broadband Internet Creating Divide in America.

Lack of Broadband Internet Creating Divide in America.

High speed broadband internet needed for video conferencing has always been hard to get in rural America because companies make less money connecting remote communities rather than cities. Internet is a public utility in Wilson, North Carolina, bu...

1

NBC News NOW Full Broadcast - June 16th, 2021

NBC News NOW Full Broadcast - June 16th, 2021

Biden, Putin meet in Geneva, more countries surpass U.S. in global vaccination race, Mackenzie Scott donates 2.7 billion dollars to charities, racial equity issues.   » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collectio...

1