Top Russian investigator furious at Navalny probe's closure
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||5 July 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Top Russian investigator furious at Navalny probe's closure, 5 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5000252728.html [accessed 12 July 2014]|
July 05, 2012
Russia's chief investigator has lashed out at regional subordinates for closing a probe into the activities of a prominent opposition leader without informing Moscow.
Aleksander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee, accused investigators in the Kirov region of closing a probe against anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny "on the sly" and ordered a review of the case in Moscow.
Investigators were probing reports that Navalny alleged embezzled funds from a state-owned timber company in the Kirov region, causing it one million rubles ($30,800) in damages.
Navalny, who has become an opposition icon since street protests broke out after parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote in March, rejects the accusations.
Based on reporting by AP, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS