Police continue to work at Volkov's Vilnius home after attack

  • 2024-03-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian police on Wednesday afternoon continue their investigation into Tuesday's attack on Leonid Volkov, a close ally of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after having worked all night at his house in Vilnius. 

"Officers have been working since yesterday evening, throughout the night, and continue to work," police spokesman Ramunas Matonis told BNS. "They are working everywhere: in their offices, at the scene of the incident and in the surrounding areas."

"We will not comment on the details of the investigation. Please understand that it is sensitive and when there is something to share, we will share it," he added.

According to a BNS photographer at the scene, the police are searching the surroundings of Volkov's house on Zuvedru Street and have also cordoned off a wider area, including part of the nearby forest.

There are at least a dozen police cars in the area.

The police are being assisted by members of the paramilitary Lithuanian Riflemen's Union, who told BNS that they cannot comment.

The ally of Navalny, who recently died in an Arctic prison, was attacked in his car outside his home in Zuvedru Street late on Tuesday. 

Navalny's former spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said that the attacker broke the car's window, sprayed tear gas and started hitting Volkov with a meat hammer. He suffered a broken arm and leg injuries. 

Lithuanian intelligence said on Wednesday that the attack on the Russian opposition figure was likely an operation organized and implemented by Russia.