State Prosecutor seeks ten-year prison term for Navalny

The State Prosecutor on Friday asked Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky Court to find Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny guilty and to sentence him to ten years in prison for money laundering and defrauding a Russian subsidiary of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of about 26 million rubles, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The State Prosecutor on Friday asked Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky Court to find Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny guilty and to sentence him to ten years in prison for money laundering and defrauding a Russian subsidiary of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of about 26 million rubles, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The State Prosecutor also requested an eight-year prison sentence for Navalny's brother, Oleg, who faces the same charges.

The State Prosecutor said earlier he considered the guilt of the Navalny brothers' proven and would ask the court to issue a guilty verdict in their case.

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 transferring them to 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.

Navalny came in second in Moscow's mayoral elections in September 2013 with 27 percent of the vote.

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