Experts to examine devices found in Navalny's office

The devices found yesterday in the office of the "Foundation against Corruption" established by blogger Alexei Navalny will be studied by experts, the Moscow police told reporters.

"The technical devices discovered are due to be examined by experts, following which a procedural decision will be made," a police spokesperson said.

A day earlier Navalny said he had found hidden microphones and a camera at his foundation's office. Police were called in to the scene and seized the devices.

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 regional state unitary enterprise in Kirov incurred significant 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.

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