Russia issues arrest warrant for Navalny's brother
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The interior ministry said Oleg Navalny, 38, is wanted on criminal charges, without providing further details and his name appeared on the ministry's wanted list, an AFP journalist confirmed Wednesday.
The move comes one day after Russia's prison authority requested courts to convert a suspended sentence he is serving into real jail time for violating coronavirus regulations.
Paraskevov said it was not clear whether the 38-year-old had left the country.
Almost all of Alexei Navalny's most prominent allies have fled Russia after he was jailed and his organisations were outlawed.
He was accused of calling for Russians to attend an unsanctioned rally in January 2021 in support of his brother, who had returned to Russia after being treated in Germany for a near-fatal poisoning attack.
A Moscow court announced Monday it will consider the reqest to jail Navalny on February 18.
In 2014, Alexei and Oleg Navalny were convicted in a fraud trial, which Kremlin critics say was politically motivated, related to their work for French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.
Oleg served three-and-a-half years in prison and was released in 2018, while Alexei received a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence
After returning to Russia last year, Alexei had his suspended sentence converted to jail time, which he is serving in a penal colony outside Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin's most vocal domestic opponent spent months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack that he and the West blame on the Kremlin.