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Russian prosecutors have charged lawyer, anti-corruption activist and anti-government protest leader Aleksei Navalny with embezzlement. If convicted, he could face between five and 10 years in prison.
Russia’s State Investigative Committee charged Navalny Tuesday with running a fraud scheme to steal timber from state-owned KirovLes Timber Company in 2009, while acting as an unpaid to the Kirov regional government. Prosecutors allege that the scheme cost the state nearly US$500,000.
Navalny was previously charged in relation to the KirovLes timber, but the case was closed earlier this year. Moreover, authorities officially informed him he was no longer a suspect and would receive reimbursement for his legal expenses.
The Kremlin’s action against Navalny stands out from the usual sanctions imposed on government critics, such as short-term detention and limits on TV presence. This may indicate that the government’s eagerness to silence Navalny trumps the fears of political backlash that could result from his prosecution.
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