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Top Navalny Aide Apologizes After Supporting Sanctioned Tycoon

  • Navalny aide Volkov says he “overstepped” his authority
  • Lawyers sent EU similar letters calling to lift sanctions
Leonid Volkov
Leonid VolkovPhotographer: Philip Davali/AFP/Getty Images

A top aide to jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny announced he will take a break from his work at the Anti-Corruption Foundation and apologized for writing a letter to the European Union asking for sanctions on billionaire Mikhail Fridman and his partners to be lifted.

Leonid Volkov, chairman of the board of Navalny’s foundation, said he made a “big political mistake” by writing to the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, in October requesting sanctions relief for the Alfa Group partners.