Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russian Anti-Corruption Activist Targeted in Overnight Raid

Law enforcement officers reportedly raided the home of Georgy Alburov. Alburov / Twitter

Law enforcement officers reportedly raided the home of an activist who works for opposition firebrand Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund on Wednesday.

The raid's target, Georgy Alburov, said via Twitter that Russia's Federal Security Service searched his residence in connection with the alleged theft of a painting by artist Sergei Sotov.

The painting was discovered a month prior during a raid on Navalny's apartment.

Alburov had already been summoned by Russia's Investigative Committee over the theft of the painting in late June.

Sotov, the artist, said he had not approached the police and did not have any claims against Navalny.

Alburov said his apartment had been searched without a warrant and that law enforcement agents had confiscated two laptops and other electronics.

Investigators claim that Sotov's painting, which had been on display in the city of Vladimir, was stolen by an unidentified person.

Earlier this month, Navalny refused to provide a testimony regarding the theft of the painting, a case which he claimed had been fabricated.

Navalny, who ran in Moscow's 2013 mayoral race, is currently under house arrest in connection with an embezzlement case brought against Navalny and his brother by cosmetics giant Yves Rocher Vostok.

See also:

European Court of Human Rights Takes On Navalny's Arrest Appeal

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more