The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has identified instances of foreign funding of Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny and sent its findings to investigative bodies with the purpose of launching a criminal case.
"In the course of a probe conducted at the motion of State Duma deputy and head of the Liberal Democratic faction Vladimir Zhirinovsky part of his arguments were confirmed, namely, on the foreign funding of Navalny's election campaign," a spokesman for the office told Interfax on Monday.
He said that it was established that over 300 foreign individuals and corporate entities as well as anonymous donors from 347 addresses in 46 countries, including the United States, Finland, Great Britain, Switzerland and Canada, sent contributions to the electronic purses of Navalny and members of his election team for Navalny's election campaign through Yandex.Dengi (Yandex.Money) payment system.
However, the federal law and the law of city of Moscow bans donations to election funds by foreign states and foreign organizations, citizens and anonymous donors, the Prosecutor General's Office says.
"The findings about the funding of the election campaign of the Moscow mayoral candidate Navalny were sent by the Prosecutor General's Office to the Russian Interior Ministry for a decision on launching criminal proceedings," the spokesman said.
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