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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 20 December 2014]
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December 24, 2012

Opposition activist and blogger Aleksei NavalnyOpposition 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

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