Opposition activist Navalny claims Kirovles charges were forged

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny plans to demand access to financial documents that he claims will be able to prove that he is not guilty in the Kirovles case.

"It is totally obvious to me that all this was fabricated. In the near future, we will try to gain access to and publish all financial documents that will allow any person who knows how to use a calculator to see that all of these charges were forged," Navalny told journalists on Friday.

The Main Investigative Department of the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Navalny in early May 2011. He was accused of causing property damage by fraud. Investigators said that Navalny, as an advisor to the Kirov regional governor, took a number of illegal actions in 2009 and the Kirovles Kirov regional state unitary enterprise incurred large damage as a result.

Investigation started in August 2009, and the Kirov regional department of the Investigative Committee found no formal elements of a crime in January 2011. The central staff of the Investigative Committee overruled the decision and sent the materials to its department in the Volga Federal District. The department refused to open the case due to the absence of formal elements of a crime in March 2011.

Yet the Investigative Committee heads cancelled the resolution of the Committee's Kirov regional department to drop criminal charges against the blogger on May 29, 2012.

Navalny was charged with organizing embezzlement of Kirovles property on July 31, Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

Navalny made a written pledge not to leave Moscow.

Detectives said that over 10,000 cubic meters of Kirovles lumber were stolen from May through September 2009. "The Kirov regional budget sustained damage of over 16 million rubles," Markin said.

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