Searches appears to be attempt to disrupt work of Kremlin’s most prominent critic

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called a wave of raids by Russian authorities against his associates “probably the biggest coordinated searches in the country since 1938” – the final year of Joseph Stalin’s purges.

Investigators launched simultaneous raids on Tuesday morning on offices used by Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and the homes of the foundation’s employees, less than a week after the group was officially declared a “foreign agent” by Russian authorities.

Born in 1976 just outside Moscow, Alexei Navalny is a lawyer-turned-campaigner whose Anti-Corruption Foundation investigates the wealth of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. 

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