Court extends house arrest of Navalny for six months

Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky court extended the house arrest of opposition activist Alexei Navalny over the fraud case with the Yves Rocher company on Thursday.

Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky court extended the house arrest of opposition activist Alexei Navalny over the fraud case with the Yves Rocher company on Thursday.

Upon returning from her chamber where the request in regards to pre-trial restrictions of the prosecutor's office and Federal Penitentiary Service was considered, Judge Yelena Korobchenko ruled to dismiss it.

The prosecutor's office and Federal Penitentiary Service have asked to place Navalny under arrest.

The Navalny brothers are suspected of having fraudulently stolen over 26.7 million rubles from Yves Rocher Vostok and over 4.4 million rubles from Mnogoprofilnaya Protsessingovaya Kompaniya, according to the preliminary inquiry. These funds were subsequently legalized by ways of transferring them on fictitious grounds to Kobyakovskaya Fabrika Po Lozopleteniyu, controlled by them and their relatives.

Currently Alexei is under house arrest and his brother Oleg is banned from traveling.

Alexei Navalny was given a suspended sentence in the Kirovles case. On July 18, 2013, the Leninsky district of Kirov sentenced him to five years of imprisonment for stealing from this enterprise. However, the following day he was released on travel restrictions until the effective date of the verdict. On October 16, the Kirov regional court replaced the prison term with a suspended sentence.

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