Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny remains under restriction notice
MOSCOW, June 13 (RAPSI) - Russian anti-corruption whistleblower Alexei Navalny to remain under restriction notice after Kirov's Leninsky District Court chose to turn down a motion for the activist's detainment filed by prosecutors.
The prosecution demanded a recall of restriction notice after Navalny missed a court's session. Navalny reasoned his absence with the necessity to visit the Investigative Commite.
Navalny's attorney blamed the authorities for making her client dodge between the trial in Kirov and an ongoing Investigative Committee query in Moscow. She said that the court was alerted to these facts. In May, The Kirov Regional Court dismissed the complaint filed by Navalny against its refusal to hear the case in Moscow.
According to the investigators, Navalny organized the theft of over 10,000 cubic meters of timber while serving as a voluntary adviser to the Kirov Region governor.
The timber was allegedly stolen from Kirovles between May and September 2009 in collusion with Ofitserov, the director of the Vyatka Timber Company, and Kirovles CEO Vyacheslav Opalyov. The regional budget shortfall resulting from the transaction has been estimated at 16 million rubles ($510,906).
If convicted, Navalny faces up to 10 years in prison. He will also be ineligible for any kind of civil service, even if he only receives probation. Opalyov, who made an agreement with the prosecution, has received a four-year suspended sentence.