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Top Russian investigator furious at Navalny probe's closure

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 5 July 2012
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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

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