: RFE/RL: Navalny asks Russian spy agency to investigate media claims he's western agent

11:55 Apr. 14, 2016

RFE/RL: Navalny asks Russian spy agency to investigate media claims he's western agent

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny addresses an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

Russian state TV says it has exposed Kremlin foe Aleksei Navalny as a paid agent of the West

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has asked the country's lead domestic spy agency to launch an investigation after state television accused him of serving as a secret operative for the West.

Navalny said on April 13 that he was formally asking the Federal Security Service (FSB) to confiscate and examine the validity of documents shown on air by Rossia-1 television that the network calls evidence that he is a paid agent of U.S. and British intelligence.

Navalny, his supporters, and opposition-minded media outlets have ridiculed the purported evidence previewed by state media boss and television host Dmitry Kiselyov on April 9 and set to be detailed in a full 'expose' slated to be broadcast by Rossia-1 on the evening of April 13.

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