Russia puts jailed Kremlin critic Navalny's brother on wanted list

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA- DECEMBER 30:  Russian anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) and his brother Oleg Navalny (L) attend the verdict announcement of their fraud trial at a court in Moscow on December 30, 2014.  Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is a leading foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence of three and a half years. ( Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA- DECEMBER 30: Russian anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) and his brother Oleg Navalny (L) attend the verdict announcement of their fraud trial at a court in Moscow on December 30, 2014. Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is a leading foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence of three and a half years. ( Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Russia has put the brother of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on a wanted list, according to interior ministry records, as he faces a summons for a court hearing that could convert a suspended sentence against him into a prison term.

Oleg Navalny, whose whereabouts are unknown, was last year held under house arrest between January and April and handed a one-year suspended sentence for violating safety regulations linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those charges were filed after he took part in a Moscow rally against his brother Alexei's arrest.

The Federal Penitentiary Service will petition a Moscow court on 18 February to sentence Oleg Navalny to jail time for failing to comply with restrictions imposed against him for violating safety regulations, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

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The 38-year-old was released from prison in 2018 after serving three-and-a-half years for an embezzlement conviction that critics say was designed to pressure his brother and smother dissent.

Alexei Navalny was given a suspended sentence in the same case, converted into a prison term last year because of alleged parole violations. He says the charges against him are politically motivated.

An anti-corruption campaigner and high-profile critic of President Vladimir Putin for the past decade, he survived being poisoned with a nerve agent in 2020 and his political network was banned as "extremist" last year.


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