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Friday, February 16, 2018

The liquidation of the Fund Navalny put him in a difficult position

The Meshchansky district court of Moscow for one session eliminated the Fund’s “Fifth season” (PVG), which carried out operations on financing of the campaign of Alexei Navalny.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The interests of the Fund at the hearing were represented by lawyers led by Navalny Fund to fight corruption Vyacheslav Gimadi and Ivan Zhdanov.

The representative of the Ministry of justice was requested to satisfy the claim of the Department, noting that the defendants do not deny rental of premises for campaign Bulk, and therefore, violated the organization’s Charter. In turn, the Zhdanov and Giladi said that the Fund has not made any “serious” violations of the Charter. Such that it could be subject to liquidation.

Recall that in November last year, prosecutors conducted an unscheduled inspection of the Foundation. According to representatives of the Ministry of justice, the Fund has not provided for necessary verification documents within the stipulated period. In addition, the Foundation of the “Fifth season” had violated its own Charter. Moreover, it is not located at the address specified in documents, stores personal data in contravention of the requirements on their protection, and also has unregistered subdivisions. And the Fund supposedly accepts bitcoins donors, giving well-wishers the opportunity to Finance the Bulk anonymous, which is strictly forbidden during election campaigns.

Vyacheslav Giladi stated that a fatal violations in the activities of the Fund was not, and requirements about their elimination, the Fund has not received. According to the lawyer, the Fund is unable to accept the cryptocurrency even technically. But a rule banning anonymous donations at all in this situation is not valid, because from a legal point of view, no election campaign Alexei Navalny does not. Claims against subsidiaries and personal data of the plaintiff is also not specific, and this despite the fact that the plaintiff must provide the court with conclusive evidence.

Not long ago, the Director of the Foundation and the head of staff of Navalny Leonid Volkov somewhat chaotically laid out in the social network claims to the Ministry of justice: “We were surprised by one thing: that this is so later happened to check in PVG (“the Fifth season” – ed.) came only in November. But now they are moving very quickly, it’s amazing; on the preliminary meeting on 11 January, they did not notify us, we learned about it by accident; the case file was only on 11 January, and on 22 January the examination of the merits; who knows how the courts in Moscow, knows it’s cosmic velocity-second”.

Volkov is sure that the essence is simple: “to Prevent the strike of the voters.” He writes that PVG “hang” all leases of the premises and all contracts with employees, and if so, the elimination PVG “put us in the organizational plan in a difficult position.” And optimistically he adds: “of Course, get away”.

According to the head of Navalny’s campaign staff, history has emphasized the political nature. “If the justice Ministry finds (say) any violations in the activities of NGOs, it has a lot of tools – can prescribe to eliminate the violation, may suspend the activities, etc.; but these immediately come out with the claim about liquidation, do not hesitate”.

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