From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/amp/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-detained-in-moscow/30345511.html
“Russian Police Raid Navalny’s Office Over Critical Video
Last updated (GMT/UTC): December 26, 2019 23:25 GMT
Russian police have raided the office of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow, a step he claims is an attempt to disrupt the publication of a damning investigation against the head of Russia’s second-largest bank.
Masked officers in helmets belonging to the Federal Bailiffs Service covered the cameras outside FBK’s office on December 26 around noon local time before cutting through the door with power tools and dragging out Navalny, the opposition politician said on social media. He was not detained. https://twitter.com/navalny/status/1210147377388097541
Navalny said the raid was formally carried out as part of a criminal investigation against FBK’s director, Ivan Zhdannov, for failing to delete the YouTube video Don’t Call Him Dimon, an investigation into the secret wealth of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
However, he said he believed the raid could be tied to FBK’s recent investigation into Andrei Kostin, the CEO of VTB, a state-owned lender that required a massive government bailout earlier this decade.
In a YouTube video posted earlier this month, Navalny accused Kostin of bestowing gifts bought with taxpayer money — including a mansion and yacht — on his girlfriend. Kostin has denied the accusations. The video has already garnered more than 5 million views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkdzT5cOiSQ
Navalny said the December 26 raid came as FBK was putting the final touches on a follow-up YouTube video about Kostin and VTB. FBK had planned to post it at 1 p.m. local time, he said.
Though the video was “not quite done, not quite edited,” he said he decided to still post it to let Kostin and other targets of his investigations know that “they can’t stop us,” he said outside the FBK office as two masked officers stood behind him.
The masked officers took 17 notebooks, all the servers, switches, cameras, and camera lighting used to produce the YouTube channel Navalny Live, according to Leonid Volkov, an aide to Navalny.
They also searched the dropped ceiling and later left the office with wires dangling from the damaged tile ceilings.
Navalny’s investigations usually combine publicly available government data — such as company registration documents and property records — with social-media posts to try and prove high-ranking Russian officials secretly own assets that cannot be explained by their salaries.
By far his most popular video, Don’t Call Him Dima has garnered nearly 33 million views since it was published in March 2017…” Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Read the rest of the article here: https://www.rferl.org/amp/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-detained-in-moscow/30345511.html
Update: “The files show that in 2011, VTB funded a $191m investment in Twitter“. See: “Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through investor in Trump son-in-law’s venture, leaked files reveal” by Jon Swaine and Luke Harding https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor