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Navalny Hit With 3rd Case

Investigators have accused Navalny of stealing 55 million rubles from a foreign company.

Published: December 26, 2012 (Issue # 1741)



  • Alexei Navalny
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MOSCOW Athird criminal investigation was opened against opposition leader andanti-corruption lawyer Alexei Navalny onMonday, with theInvestigative Committee claiming he stole money froma political party in2007.

Thecommittee said ina statement that Allekt, acompany headed byNavalny in2007, had received 100 million rubles ($3.3 million) fromthe Union ofRight Forces party forthe provision ofadvertising services and then transferred thefunds toshell companies.

No document confirming thefulfillment ofthe conditions ofthe contraction has been presented toinvestigators, thestatement said.

Theinvestigators decision toopen thecase was met with criticism fromboth Navalny andformer representatives ofthe party who said they had no complaints about Navalny andthe charges were no more than ademonstration ofpolitical pressure.

The Investigative Committee has aright torequest documents that prove that theconditions ofthe contract with Allekt were met, Leonid Gozman, who in2007 was deputy head ofthe partys federal political council, said byphone. The fact that they didnt do that only proves incompetence andpolitical bias.

Navalny, who was banned fromleaving thecountry, called thecase absurd andsaid he was not going tocease his activity andleave thecountry anyway. He denied any involvement inany criminal cases brought against him andsaid his political activity was thereason forinvestigators accusations.

It demonstrates that total lawlessness anda new legal reality have taken place, he said incomments carried byInterfax, referring tothe new case against him.

According tothe Criminal Code, anembezzlement case which Navalny is accused of cannot be opened without acomplaint froman affected party. The Investigative Committee cant just violate thelaw, which means there was acomplaint fromsomeone inthe party, asource close toNavalny told TheSt. Petersburg Times oncondition ofanonymity.

The same situation happened when Navalny was charged last week with fraud andmoney laundering, andit was unknown until he was finally charged theYves Roche company made acomplaint tothe Investigative Committee, thesource said.

OnDec. 20, investigators accused Navalny andhis younger brother, Oleg, ofstealing 55 million rubles ($1.8 million) froma foreign company.

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