Russian authorities arrested prominent opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza near his home in Moscow on April 11, his long-time lawyer told independent news outlet Sota.
Kara-Murza’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said that Kara-Murza, 40, had been arrested late on April 11 on charges of disobeying police orders.
Kara-Murza could face up to 15 years in jail or a small fine, The Guardian reported.
Aleksander Podrabinek, a prominent Russian human rights activist, went to the Khamovniki police station to support Kara-Murza.
“But mostly I think they are outraged by his courage,” Podrabinek further said.
It is unclear if Kara-Murza’s arrest was linked to his opposition of the Russian invasion on Ukraine, but it comes amid a crackdown on independent media and anti-war dissent.
Kara-Murza has been a vocal opponent of the Russian invasion on Ukraine. He launched an anti-war committee with other Russian leading opposition figures.
Earlier in the day, Kara-Murza appeared on CNN and described the Kremlin as a “regime of murderers.”
Kara-Murza has previously said that he was deliberately poisoned twice, in 2015 and in 2017, for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kara-Murza nearly died from kidney failure due to the first poisoning incident. The second incident left him in a medically induced coma for several days.
Kara-Murza is one of the few opposition figures still living in Russia. Several left the country due to safety concerns after authorities arrested Alexei Navalny last year.
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