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Sport Russia. Lawyer close to Navalny whom the Kremlin will not silence

12:47  26 february  2021
12:47  26 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Lyubov Sobol a été nommée parmis les femmes les plus influentes en 2019 par la BBC. © Dimitar DILKOFF, AFP Lyubov Sobol was named one of the most influential women of 2019 by the BBC.

Lyubov Sobol was under house arrest on Thursday, February 25, until March 23. Alexei Navalny’s relative is accused of violating health regulations during a rally in Moscow at the end of January.

He is one of the figures of the Russian opposition . Lyubov Sobol has been a lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation Alexei Navalny for ten years. She is also one of the most fervent supporters of the main opponent of Vladimir Putin.

On Thursday February 25, she was under house arrest until March 23, accused of breaking health rules during an demonstration in support of Navalny, again imprisoned since January 17.

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Not her tryout

The intrepid activist is not her first run-in with the law.

The 33-year-old faces two to five years in prison for trespassing "with recourse to violence or threatening to use it" after ringing the doorbell of an FSB (Federal Security Service) agent.

Accompanied by activists and journalists, she wanted to question him about his role in the assassination attempt of which Navalny had been the victim in August 2020. The same day, the opponent had published a call where the agent in question, thinking of speaking to one of his officials, recounted the circumstances of his poisoning.

Possible legislative candidate

For years, she has also been investigating the corruption of Russian elites. In 2016, she became interested in the oligarch Yevgeny Prigojine, head of the mercenary company Wagner and close to Putin. Some time later, her husband escaped a poisoning attempt, which Le Figaro said had never been cleared up.

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Still, attempts at intimidation do not dampen his fervor in combat. She could also be a candidate in the legislative elections in September.

In 2019, her candidacy was refused, to which she responded with a hunger strike. A prison sentence could, this time, bar his way.

Determined, the lawyer says she has no fear of imprisonment: "It would be difficult to say that I am prepared for this, but the silence, fear and indifference are even more dangerous. »

Key dates

1987. Born in Lobnia, north of Moscow.

2011. Joins the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation.

2019. The BBC names her among the 100 most influential women.

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