Navalny says is being taken to Investigative Committee based on warrant compelling his appearance

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny says he is being forcibly taken to the Investigative Committee.

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny says he is being forcibly taken to the Investigative Committee.

"A new record was set today. Twelve people met me at the entrance to the building. A warrant compelling my appearance. They are taking me to the Investigative Committee," Navalny said on Twitter on Friday.

The press service for the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow said investigators had invited Navalny to come for a questioning in connection with a criminal case, but he failed to show up.

"Police officers are now bringing Alexei Navalny for investigative actions within the framework of the legislation," the press service for the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department for Moscow said.

In the meantime, Vadim Kobzev, a lawyer for Navalny, told Interfax on Friday a warrant compelling Navalny's appearance was issued in connection with a criminal case involving a stolen painting called "Bad and Good Man," in which Navalny is a witness.

"The warrant on the basis of which he is being taken to the Investigative Committee was issued in connection with a criminal case involving a stolen painting to question him in connection with the Foundation for Corruption Prevention. The thing is that the legislation does not require him to come to give explanations in regard of the inspection of the Foundation for Corruption Prevention," he said.

Kobzev said on Thursday Navalny had been summoned to the investigators in regard of an inspection of the activities by the Foundation for Corruption Prevention. "I had a call from an investigator for especially important affairs of the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee. They have a new inspection of the Foundation for Corruption Prevention. Alexei Navalny is being summoned to the Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee to be questioned as the founder of the Foundation for Corruption Prevention," Kobzev said on Twitter.

On December 30, 2014, Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court found Navalny guilty of fraud and legalization of proceeds of the French cosmetic firm Yves Rocher and the Multiprofile Processing Company and gave a 3.5-year suspended sentence. His brother Oleg was sentenced to 3.5 years in a penal colony.

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