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Russia Investigates Opposition Leader

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media at the headquarters of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2012.Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media at the headquarters of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2012.
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media at the headquarters of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2012.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media at the headquarters of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2012.
Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation against prominent opposition activist Alexei Navalny over suspected fraud and money laundering.

Officials say Navalny is being investigated over the alleged theft of $1.8 million from one of his companies.

Russian authorities already have another financial case open against Navalny. Investigators said earlier this year they suspect Navalny played a part in a scheme to steal assets from a state timber company -- totaling about $500,000 -- while he was advising a local governor in 2009.

Navalny has rejected the charges which carry a 10-year prison sentence.

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by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
December 14, 2012 7:49 PM
It’s not by accident that the timing of these “investigations” remarkably coincides with the eve of mass protest in Russia against gross violations of basic human rights by Putin’s regime. Mr Navalny is the soul of the protests. The FSB regime made courts of law and police play under its political pipe by planting “evidences”, false witnesses and intimidation with 99% guilty verdicts. The Orthodox Church claims that Mr Putin is a miracle from God. But isn’t it one more miracle from God that Mr Putin after “losing” tens millions $ of state property under his responsibility in Saint-Petersburg hasn’t been put behind bars? Maybe it’s too much “miracles” for one FSB lieutenant-colonel?

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