The foundation created by Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny is said to have called on the American president to impose sanctions on at least eight high-level Russian personalities who, according to it, are close to Vladimir Putin.
The Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) created by the imprisoned Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny would have declared, according to CNN, to have submitted on January 29, 2021 to the new American President Joe Biden a list of 35 personalities close to Vladimir Poutin to be sanctioned. Among this catalog would be a “priority” list of eight people, including billionaire Roman Abramovich.
The letter sent to the White House by the FBK would indicate, according to CNN, that the personalities appearing on the list “help and encourage” the Russian president to “persecute” those who “seek to express their opinions freely and to denounce the corruption of the system [russe]”. It also specifies that the existing sanctions do not target “enough good people”. The letter would indeed recall that seven of the 35 personalities cited on this “black list” are already in the directory of American sanctions.
In the list established by the FBK would appear the Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko, or the billionaire and owner of the English football club of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich. The latter would be placed on the “priority list” as the alleged beneficiary of the “Kremlin kleptocracy”. A spokesperson for the businessman reportedly told CNN that “there is no basis for such claims, which are entirely unfounded.”
The director of the FBK also reportedly told CNN on January 30 that the foundation called on the United States to pressure Vladimir Putin to release Alexei Navalny, imprisoned for violating the conditions of a suspended prison sentence. in the context of an embezzlement case. A call that echoes that of Joe Biden, who also, according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, asked the Russian president to release the opponent in a phone call between the two heads of state .
This Sunday, January 31 is scheduled in Moscow a demonstration of supporters of Alexey Navalny, who also demand the release of the opponent.