Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has assets frozen by court
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s bank accounts were frozen and his Moscow apartment seized as part of a lawsuit while he was recovering from a suspected poisoning in a Berlin hospital.
- Mr Navalny has a long-running dispute with Moscow Schoolchild catering company
- The Russian court ordered for damages to be paid over libel
- Tests in Germany found he was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent but the Kremlin denies involvement
His assets were seized by a Russian court on August 27 in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Moscow Schoolchild catering company, spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday.
The politician and his allies have been involved in a long-running dispute with the company.
“This means the flat cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged,” Ms Yarmysh said.
Mr Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight in Siberia.
Tests in Germany, France and Sweden found he was poisoned with a nerve agent.
The West has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin, which has denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime.
There were allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Navalny could have poisoned himself.