Court decides to not arrest Navalny on charges of Yves Rocher case

The Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court has decided not to put into custody opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who, along with his brother Oleg, is charged with fraud and money laundering in the Yves Rocher case.

The Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court has decided not to put into custody opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who, along with his brother Oleg, is charged with fraud and money laundering in the Yves Rocher case.

The court has declined a request made by the federal Penitentiary Service, which asked for Navalny, who is now under house arrest, to be put in a detention facility due to violations by Navalny of his restrictions while on house arrest, the court told Interfax.

Lawyer Olga Mikhailova said the court had failed to find evidence of the need to put Navalny into custody.

"The court found that the recommendation issued by the Federal Penitentiary Service did not state any evidence of the need to arrest Alexei Navalny," Mikhailova said.

Mikhailova said the Zamoskvoretsky Court had failed to find evidence of the use of  the Internet by Navalny in the sentence handed out to Navalny in the case involving slander of municipal deputy Alexei Lisevenko, which has now taken effect.

The Zamoskvoretsky Court has scheduled the next hearing of the Yves Rocher case for August 14.

The Navalny brothers are charged with fraud and money laundering. According to the investigators, they 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. These funds were subsequently legalized by ways of transferring them on fictitious grounds to Kobyakovskaya Fabrika po Lozopleteniyu, controlled by them and their relatives.

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

Alexei Navalny was earlier given a suspended sentence in the Kirovles case.

On July 18, 2013 the Kirov Leninsky Court sentenced him to five years in prison for stealing from the enterprise. However, the next day he was released after giving him written undertaking not to leave the city until the sentence took effect. On October 16, the Kirov region's court changed the sentence, replacing the prison term with a suspended prison sentence.

Read more: Navalny ally under house arrest on charge of large-scale fraud

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