Russia probes protest leader over foreign funding
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian prosecutors on Monday accused protest leader Alexei Navalny of breaking the law by receiving donations from foreign nationals, a claim he denied in a radio interview.
Navalny, 37, a charismatic lawyer and a star speaker at anti-Putin rallies, is running for Moscow mayor against a Kremlin-backed incumbent. He was dramatically released from prison last month to allow him to stand.
"A check has confirmed information about foreign financing of Alexei Navalny," the prosecutor general's office said in a statement published on its website.
Under Russian law, it is illegal for a candidate to spend money donated by foreigners on a political campaign.