Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov were included in the list of terrorists and extremists. What does it mean?

  • Anna Pushkarskaya
  • BBC, St. Petersburg

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Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov

The Russian authorities have added oppositionists Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov to the “list of terrorists and extremists.” Among other things, this means that their Russian bank accounts must be blocked. Both associates of Alexei Navalny are abroad. In autumn, they were accused in absentia of creating an extremist community.

New names appeared in the register of Rosfinmonitoring. This list includes people who are suspected, accused or convicted under extremist and terrorist articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Its full title is “List of organizations and individuals in respect of which there is information about their involvement in extremist activities or terrorism.”

The bank accounts of the persons on the list are subject to blocking – you can withdraw no more than 10 thousand rubles a month from the account for yourself and for each family member – provided that they have no other source of income.

Commenting on the inclusion in the register, both opposition members limited themselves to jokes. “Fridays 2022 are more fun than Fridays 2021!” – Volkov wrote on Twitter, meaning that on Fridays the Russian Ministry of Justice expands the register of “foreign agents”. “Leonid, congratulations, bro,” Zhdanov wrote on Instagram.

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