Key Supporter Breaks Ties With Navalny Associates

One of the most outspoken supporters of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says she is "disappointed" with the Kremlin-critic’s exiled associates and has broken ties with them as the country heads to polling stations for elections.

Anastasia Vasilyeva, the chief of the Physicians' Alliance NGO, accused Navalny's now-defunct Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) of leaving her and her team without any support after "using" them, saying that Navalny's associates Leonid Volkov, Ivan Zhdanov, and Maria Pevchikh, who currently live outside of Russia, "are ruining everything that we once created."
"I’m very disappointed. The foundation’s managers are now destroying what all of us worked so hard to create," she wrote in a Facebook post late on September 16.

"Now they [Navalny's associates] are in Europe and a certain someone [Navalny] finds himself in prison. See the difference? Anyone who believed in him is now at risk of criminal prosecution. And when they lock these people up, no one will remember them," she added while not elaborating on what was being destroyed.
Vasilyeva's posting sparked a heated reaction online, with many believing that she was forced to make the statement on the eve of parliamentary elections as the Kremlin-backed ruling party, which has seen its support slump, aims to retain power. Vasilyeva, who famously played her piano while police recently ransacked her apartment during a crackdown over the past year against Navalny and his allies, has been under increasing pressure from authorities.

WATCH: Navalny Supporter Defiantly Plays Piano As Russian Police Raid Her Home

In March, the Physicians' Alliance was placed on the state's controversial "foreign agents" list, which has been used to stymie monitoring groups and the media, to disqualify prominent opposition candidates, to drive opposition leaders to flee the country, and to restrict access to volunteers and fundraising for any person or group placed on it.
On September 1, Moscow police detained her and took her to a court hearing to face charges of allegedly violating restrictive measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The hearing appears to never have taken place even though several of Navalny’s associates and supporters who were part of the case faced the court and were handed parole-like sentences on charges for publicly calling for people to take part in unsanctioned rallies to support the Kremlin critic in January. Some compared Vasilyeva's situation with that of Belarusian blogger Raman Pratasevich, once a critic of his country's strongman leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his crackdown on the opposition. Pratasevich was arrested along with his girlfriend in Minsk on May 23 after Belarusian authorities forced their Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to land in the Belarusian capital. He later changed his public stance and views on the political situation in Belarus, a move many opposition leaders say appeared to be made under duress. The beginning of the year marked Navalny's return to Russia following treatment in Germany for a nerve-agent poisoning he claims was carried out by Russian security agents at Putin's behest. Navalny was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on a parole violation charge that he denounces as absurd. Thousands of Russians were detained during nationwide protests calling for his release and later the FBK and his network of regional offices were shut down as "extremist" organizations.

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
Bootleg Booze Leaves 18 Dead In Russia

Bootleg Booze Leaves 18 Dead In Russia

Russian authorities say they have launched criminal proceedings into the methanol poisoning deaths of 18 people who drank illegal alcohol in the city of Yekaterinburg during the past week.

Radio Free Europe

Russia hopes for a U-turn in the EU’s energy policy.

The current situation in the European market is unprecedented. Both natural gas and electricity prices have soared dramatically to levels never been seen before—almost ten-fold higher for natural gas (Finance.yahoo.com) or three- to four-fold high...

Euromaidan Press

Hundreds Of Inmates Riot In North Ossetia Prison

Hundreds Of Inmates Riot In North Ossetia Prison

Reports from Russia say several hundred inmates have rioted in a prison in the southern region of North Ossetia. The October 15 riot by up to 600 inmates broke out at Correctional Colony No. 1 in the regional capital, Vladikavkaz. In an interview ...

Radio Free Europe

Biden’s Popularity Tied to Pandemic Numbers

Biden’s Popularity Tied to Pandemic Numbers

Key to the US president’s political viability is assuring Americans that his administration is winning the fight against COVID-19 Originally published at -

Biden official on supply chain crunch: ‘Bumps along the way’ to reopen economy.

Biden official on supply chain crunch: ‘Bumps along the way’ to reopen economy.

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos speaks with Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo on the Biden administration’s response to the supply chain crunch and rising prices. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live Stream Here: SU...

3 37

John Deere workers on strike: ‘They can’t take our money’.

John Deere workers on strike: ‘They can’t take our money’.

ABC News’ Terry Moran reports on the ongoing strikes across America, with thousands of workers from John Deere, Warrior Met Coal, Kellogg and Kaiser Hospitals hitting the picket lines. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC New...

Podcast hosts speaks on importance of Latino representation.

Podcast hosts speaks on importance of Latino representation.

ABC’s Stephanie Ramos speaks with “Hyphenated” podcast hosts Joanna Hausmann and Jenny Lorenzo about Latino representation and the pressure of holding multiple ethnic identities. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live...

Doctor breaks down Moderna’s booster shot and mixing of vaccines.

Doctor breaks down Moderna’s booster shot and mixing of vaccines.

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos speaks with Stanford Children’s Health physician Dr. Alok Patel on the FDA’s recommendation on the Moderna booster shot, and whether it’s safe to mix different vaccines. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH ...

US Defense Secretary Heads to Eastern Europe, NATO Next Week.

US Defense Secretary Heads to Eastern Europe, NATO Next Week.

He’ll talk with allies concerned about Russia and what the NATO military alliance will focus on now that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete Originally published at -