‘They’re doing all of this to scare people’. How Russian security officials searched Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, froze its assets, and fumbled numbers in the case against it

Investigators have used a criminal money laundering case against Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), one of Russia’s leading civic institutions, to freeze several bank accounts related to the group. FBK Press Secretary Kira Yarmysh announced on August 8 that the Foundation’s general account, the operational account for Navalny’s regional campaign offices, and a number of FBK staff members’ personal accounts had all been frozen. Those staff members were the same individuals the investigative outlet Proekt had previously reported state officials are targeting in the money laundering case. They include Navalny campaign chief Leonid Volkov, former FBK director Roman Rubanov, accountant Anna Chekhovich, sociological service head Anna Biryukova, legal department chief Vyacheslav Gimadi, and attorneys Alexander Pomazuyev and Evgeny Zamyatin.