Opposition leader Alexei Navalny ordered to wear tracking bracelet
MOSCOW, March 4 (RAPSI) – Federal Penitentiary Service has put a tracking bracelet on the renown opposition activist and anti-corruption pundit Alexei Navalny, to monitor his compliance with the imposed house arrest, service official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
On February 28, Moscow's Basmanny District Court ruled to place Navalny under house arrest until April 28, in connection to the Yves Rocher embezzlement case. The investigators told the court that Navalny has repeatedly violated the conditions of his probation.
He is now prohibited from using any communication devices, as well as the internet. This will effectively halt Navalny's anti-corruption campaign, as it is operated and promoted through his popular LiveJournal blog and Facebook page.
Navalny and his brother Oleg stand accused in a fraud case involving cosmetics company Yves Rocher Vostok. Investigators allege that the Navalny brothers embezzled upwards of 26 million rubles (over $718,536) from the cosmetics company, as well as upwards of 4 million rubles (over $110,000) from the Multidisciplinary Processing Company by way of a fraud scheme. The brothers were further charged with having laundered 21 million rubles.
He has already been given a suspended sentence of five years for the embezzlement of Kirovles funds.