Prosecutor's office warns social networks against posting materials on behalf of Navalny

Moscow prosecutor's office has warned users of Russian social networks against posting various materials on behalf of opposition activist Alexei Navalny on the Internet.

Moscow prosecutor's office has warned users of Russian social networks against posting various materials on behalf of opposition activist Alexei Navalny on the Internet.

Relevant warnings on the unacceptability of violating the law signed by Moscow Deputy Prosecutor Andrei Gantsev have been sent to representatives of some Russian content providers. Official representative of the Moscow prosecutor's office confirmed this information to Interfax on Tuesday.

"Constant publication of texts, video and audio materials is carried out by groups related to him [Navalny]" and on his behalf on social networks, blogs and other services allowing the posting of information, the prosecutor's office said.

On February 28 Moscow's Basmanny District Court banned Navalny from using the Internet.

The warning of the prosecutor's office, which banned everyone from posting on behalf of Navalny on their accounts, is illegal, Navalny's lawyer Vadim Kobzev told Interfax.

"This warning has nothing in common with the law and the ruling of the Basmanny Court, which imposed restrictions on Navalny's house arrest, according to which he cannot use the Internet and give comments related to his criminal case. He does not do that, but, for instance, Navalny can write an article regarding the situation in Ukraine and deliver it through me or his wife to be published in mass media outlets," the attorney said.

It is impossible to ban citizens, who are not under house arrest and do not have any restrictions, from posting materials on behalf of Navalny on their personal pages on social networks, Kobzev said.

It has been reported that on February 28 the Basmanny District Court considered the request of investigators and placed Navalny under house arrest. The court upheld the reasons of the Russian Investigative Committee that Navalny seriously violated the restriction not to leave the address where he is registered in Moscow.

The so-called Yves Rocher case is being investigated regarding Navalny and his brother. The final charges on embezzling over 26 million rubles from Yves Rocher Vostok and over 4 million rubles ($112, 340) from a multi-profile processing company (Russian Criminal Code Article 159) and laundering over 21 million rubles ($590,000) (Russian Criminal Code Article 174.1) were brought against them on October 29, 2013.

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