National Post (National Edition)
NAVALNY'S ALLY DETAINED
MOSCOW Russia opened a criminal case on Friday against Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, accusing her of violently trespassing when she tried to doorstep an alleged secret agent who Navalny says was part of a plot to kill him.
Navalny's supporters say Sobol rang the doorbell of an alleged FSB security service officer on Monday. Navalny had accused the woman of taking part in a bungled plot to poison him with a nerve agent in August.
The FSB has dismissed Navalny's accusations.
The move against Sobol is the latest in a clampdown on the Kremlin's opponents before next year's parliamentary election. Sobol has been seeking to run, although outspoken critics are often barred from standing.
The Investigative Committee, which handles serious crime probes, said Sobol tricked a courier to get into a block of flats and barged into the woman's flat when she opened the door, adding Sobol was suspected of using violence to illegally enter.