A Criminal Case Was Opened Against Navalny’s Henchman Leonid Volkov, Who Incited Teenagers To Commit Illegal Actions

The Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia continues to investigate the criminal case concerning the involvement of teenagers through the Internet by A. Navalny‘s supporters in committing illegal actions that knowingly pose a danger to their lives.

During the investigation, video recordings were found in which the head of the network of regional “Navalny headquarters” Leonid Volkov appeals to minors to participate in illegal actions. In relation to Volkov, the Main Investigation Department opened a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under paragraphs “a, b” of Part 2 of Article 151.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (inciting minors to commit illegal actions in information and telecommunications networks [including the Internet]).

Volkov was reliably aware of the lack of approval of the authorised bodies for holding rallies in connection with the difficult epidemiological situation. Despite this, on January 21st, he posted on the video hosting site “YouTube” publications with calls for minors to participate in unauthorised rallies on the territory of Moscow and other Russian cities on January 23rd in conditions that do not ensure safety for the life and health of participants. Instagram Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites have also made links to these videos freely available on the Internet.

Within the framework of the criminal case, a complex of investigative and operational-search measures is being carried out, aimed at collecting evidence of Volkov’s guilt in committing a crime. The work to identify the persons who published appeals to an unlimited number of minors about participation in illegal activities continues.

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