Christo Grozev
Christo Grozev (image via ICFJ/Youtube screenshot)

Russia has placed Christo Grozev, the investigative journalist featured in the Navalny documentary, on its “wanted” list according to the Russian Interior Ministry’s website, via CNN

Information reportedly published on the ministry’s website said he was “wanted under an article of the Criminal Code”. According to Russian state-owned domestic news agency RIA Novosti, a criminal case was opened against the declared Khristo Grozev for “spreading fakes”.

Grozev, who is Bulgarian, and is the lead Russia investigator at the journalism group Bellingcat, posted to Twitter saying, “A general comment: I have no idea on what grounds the Kremlin has put me on its “wanted list”, thus I cannot provide any comments at this time. In a way it doesn’t matter – for years they’ve made it clear they are scared of our work and would stop at nothing to make it go away.”

Grozev has reported on Russia’s involvement in a number of high-profile international crimes, including the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, the 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom and the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny in 2020. Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Grozev has been documenting war crimes and other atrocities committed during the conflict.

Navalny, described as a “fly-on-the-wall” documentary follows Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, through his political rise, attempted assassination and search to uncover the truth.

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