Navalny informed about end of Kirovles inquiry - Investigative Committee

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been notified about the end of the Kirovles embezzlement inquiry, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

Navalny is suspected of organizing embezzlement of property of the Kirovles Kirov regional state unitary enterprise while being an advisor of the Kirov regional governor in conspiracy with Vyatka Timber Company Director Pyotr Ofitserov and Kirovles General Director Vyacheslav Opalev, Markin said.

"Detectives suspect that more than 10,000 cubic meters of Kirovles timber was stolen from May through September 2009. The budget of the Kirov region incurred more than 16 million rubles in damage," Markin said.

The Main Investigative Department of the Russian Investigative Committee has definitively charged Navalny under Part 3, Article 33 and Part 4, Article 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (organization of major property embezzlement).

Ofitserov has been definitively charged under Part 5, Article 33 and Part 4, Article 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (complicity in major property embezzlement). Navalny refused to testify and Ofitserov pleaded not guilty.

"One of the defendants, Vyacheslav Opalev, confessed and made a plea agreement. He provided detectives with a detailed testimony about circumstances of the crime committed with complicity of Navalny," Markin said.

Hence, Opalev's case was separated; he stood trial and the court found him guilty.

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