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Russia opens probe against Navalny, alleging ‘fraud’

Russian investigators open a criminal probe into Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, alleging he spent more than 356 million rubles ($4.8 million) of donations to his organizations on personal acquisitions.

The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, says in a statement that Russia’s most prominent opposition figure used the money for acquiring “personal property [and] material assets and paying expenses [including holidays abroad],” saying that the donations were therefore “stolen.”

— AFP

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