Navalny received lawyer status illegally - Investigative Committee

Investigators have found out that prominent opposition activist Alexey Navalny had received lawyer status illegally.

"The investigation has determined that Alexei Navalny received lawyer status illegally," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Twitter on Wednesday.

He said details will be available later.

Izvestia reported in November 2012 that suspicions about the legality of Navalny's receiving lawyer status appeared in the course of an investigation into the Kirovles company affair.

Navalny's defense believes he was granted lawyer status absolutely legally and the investigation has no reasons to deprive him of this status. "Yes, we believe there are no reasons for this," Navalny's attorney Vadim Kobzev told Interfax earlier.

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