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Navalny's Wife Summoned To Russian Investigative Committee

  • RFE/RL

Aleksei Navalny (left) walks with his wife, Yulia (center) in July.

Aleksei Navalny (left) walks with his wife, Yulia (center) in July.

The wife of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny has been questioned by investigators over a case the anti-corruption blogger says is part of a campaign of pressure against him.

Yulia Navalnaya wrote in her husband’s Twitter account that she had been summoned to the Investigation Committee on August 25 and questioned by investigators about a poster confiscated from Navalny’s' apartment in June.

Police claim the poster was stolen off a street in the city of Vladimir, some 170 kilometers northeast of Moscow.

Navalny has said the poster was a birthday gift and that the case was a new attempt to put pressure on him.

Navalny’s wife wrote that she refused to answer the investigators' questions, citing her constitutional right to remain silent.

The case is one of several targeting Navalny, who is already serving a five-year suspended sentence on a 2013 theft conviction.