Two supporters of Russian opposition leader Navalny seek political asylum in Ukraine
Two supporters of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have requested political asylum in Ukraine.
The website of the Ukrainian State Border Service reports that on the morning of June 15, two men with Russian passports arrived at one of the border entry points. They immediately asked the Ukrainian border guards to provide protection from political persecution.
During the screening process it was ascertained that these Russians belong to the “Navalny bloc”. They were allowed through the border and were sent to the migration service.
Navalny is the most popular Russian opposition politician. At the start of March, Navalny’s anti-corruption organization conducted an investigation into the “secret empire” of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The investigation reported that by means of fictitious funds and trustees, the Prime minister possesses several estates throughout all of Russia, as well as yachts, apartments, agricultural complexes and vineyards in Russia and Italy.
Subsequently there were two all-Russian anti-corruption rallies on March 26 and June 12.
Navalny wants to promote his candidacy in the 2018 presidential elections, but will probably not be able to do so because of a criminal record.