Defense insists on Navalny brothers' acquittal

Defense lawyers have asked the court to clear the Navalny brothers, Alexei and Oleg, of charges of stealing and laundering the money of Yves Rocher, a cosmetics firm.

Defense lawyers have asked the court to clear the Navalny brothers, Alexei and Oleg, of charges of stealing and laundering the money of Yves Rocher, a cosmetics firm.

"I think the indictment was not backed up by any evidence. I am asking that they be cleared of all counts," Oleg Navalny's lawyer Kirill Polozov told the Zamoksvoretsky Court of Moscow on Friday.

Transportation services under contracts signed with Yves Rocher and MPK (Mnogoprofilnaya Protsessingovaya Kompaniya) were provided in full, and neither company complained throughout the cooperation period and could reject the services of OOO Glavpodpiska any time, as claimed by numerous witnesses, both defense and prosecution ones, the lawyer said.

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

Alexei Navalny was given a suspended sentence in the Kirov Les case. On July 18, 2013, the Leninsky district of Kirov sentenced him to five years in prison 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.

According to the inquiry, Alexei Navalny set up OOO Glavpodpiska (a Russian abbreviation for the Main Subscription Agency), and his brother Oleg, who in 2008 led the department of domestic mail services at Russian Post, persuaded representatives from the affected companies to sign a freight services agreement with Glavpodpiska.

Read more: State Prosecutor seeks ten-year prison term for Navalny

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