Reopening of Kirovles case against Navalny declared legal
MOSCOW, August 30 - RAPSI. On Wednesday, the Moscow Basmanny District Court found that it was within the law to resume the Kirovles case against renowned oppositionist Alexei Navalny, the court spokesperson told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com). Thus the court dismissed the oppositionist's appeal against the investigators' actions.
Navalny did not attend the Wednesday court hearing. As a result, prosecutor Valery Lakhtin, said at the hearing that Navalny demonstrated his disrespect to court by his absence. Lakhtin is known for being the state prosecutor in Mikhail Khodorkovsky's second case.
The criminal case regarding Navalny was ended on April 12, 2012. Later the decision was dismissed and the investigation resumed.
Investigators have declared that Navalny, who at the time served as an adviser to the Kirov governor on a voluntary basis, plotted the embezzlement of Kirovles' property in collusion with Vyatskaya Lesnaya Kompaniya Director Pyotr Ofitserov and Kirovles CEO Vyacheslav Opalyov.
Investigators believe that over 10,000 cubic meters of Kirovles timber products were embezzled between May and September 2009, leading to 16 million rubles ($496,820) in regional budgetary losses.