KIROV, June 20 (RAPSI) - Kirov's Pervomaisky District Court will handle the complaint seeking to deem the police search in opposition activist and blogger Alexei Navalny's local headquarters illegal on July 4, attorney Sergei Kobelev told RIA Novosti.
On May 9, the police confiscated campaign material from the headquarters following a report which claimed that there was extremist material kept on the premises.
According to Kobelev, the complaint filed by coordinator of the headquarters Vitaly Bramm on declaring Kirov's police actions illegal was planned for consideration on Thursday.
"The police confiscated a large amount of leaflets without any grounds for considering the content as extremist," Kobelev said, adding that the materials on the inspection were submitted to the court at a hearing.
"After reading the materials, we submitted two supplements. First, we specified the names and positions of the officials whose actions we are seeking to have acknowledged as illegal. Second, we have requested to have their actions declared illegal as the search was performed in the absence of a proper report of a crime," Kobelev said.
He added that an inspection cannot be carried out upon an anonymous report.
Navalny is charged with embezzlement in the Kirovles logging company case, currently being considered by a court in Kirov.
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 Pyotr Ofitserov, 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.