Russia: Third case opened against Kremlin critic Navalny
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||24 December 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Third case opened against Kremlin critic Navalny, 24 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50ed3436c.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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December 24, 2012
Opposition activist and blogger Aleksei Navalny
Russian authorities have opened a third investigation against Aleksei Navalny, who is considered one of President Vladimir Putin's harshest critics.
On December 24, investigators claimed that Navalny embezzled more than $3 million in 2007.
They accused him of using front companies to embezzle the funds from his former Union of Right Forces political party.
Navalny called the allegations "absurd." A former senior figure in the party also denied the theft.
Navalny is a prominent blogger and anticorruption activist.
The 36-year-old lawyer has organized several mass protests against President Putin in recent years.
He is already being investigated in two cases for siphoning off money from a postal business and filing false bills.
Based on reporting by dpa, BBC, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS