August 3, 2019 / 12:58 PM / 20 days ago

Russia investigates alleged money laundering by anti-Kremlin opposition

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses demonstrators during a rally in support of independent candidates for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital's regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators said on Saturday that had opened a criminal investigation into the alleged laundering of 1 billion roubles (12.6 million pounds) by an anti-corruption foundation set up by jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Russia’s Investigative Committee made the announcement in a statement while an opposition protest organised by Navalny’s allies was taking place in Moscow.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn/Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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