Russia Issues International Arrest Warrant for Navalny Associate

A Russian district court has issued an international arrest warrant for Leonid Volkov, a top ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, authorities said on Wednesday.

Authorities were angered after Voldov organized anti-Kremlin protests from his base in Lithuania, urging Russians to participate in the demonstrations that demand the release of Navalny.

According to the investigators of Moscow’s Basmanny Court, Navalny’s key aide has been charged for inciting adolescents to join the unauthorized rallies that he organized.

Volkov’s charges could make him face up to three years in jail. The court’s investigators also requested his detention.

The international arrest warrant for Volkov was already issued across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a group of former Soviet republics.

However, the Lithuanian government, where Volkov lives, has bluntly refused the court’s demand to take him into custody.

Lithuania is not a member of the CIS.

“Using international tools for politically motivated prosecution is a wrong practice,” Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said in a statement.

“This raises serious doubts about Russia‘s membership in these organizations,” she added, referring to the international arrest warrant that the Russian court issued through Interpol.

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