Russian court refuses to change Navalny’s suspended term to imprisonment
MOSCOW, August 1 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow has refused to change a suspended term for opposition politician Alexei Navalny in the Yves Rocher embezzlement case to imprisonment, RAPSI learned in the courtroom on Monday.
Earlier, a representative of the Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service has requested to change Navalny’s probation to an actual imprisonment. According to the penitentiary agency, Navalny has regularly failed to register at a local penitentiary inspection office.
Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev said that Navalny was on vacation and that documents confirming this were presented to the respective authorities in due time.
As Navalny himself said about the request: “The only person who you make feel anxious in this situation is my wife, who is forced to pack and unpack my prison bag.”
Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted of committing fraud against cosmetics company Yves Rocher Vostok. Investigators alleged that the Navalny brothers embezzled over 26 million rubles (about $400,000 at current exchange rates) from the cosmetics company, as well as close to 4 million rubles ($61,500) from the Multidisciplinary Processing Company through a fraud scheme. The brothers were further charged with laundering 21 million rubles ($322,600).
In December of 2014, Alexei Navalny received a suspended sentence of 3.5 years, while his brother Oleg was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
Navalny has also been involved in several other cases, including a case of embezzlement at the Kirovles timber company in which he was given a suspended sentence. He has denied all the charges brought against him.
Alexei Navalny is a Russian political and public figure, leader of the Party of Progress.