Navalny's embezzlement verdict appeal to be heard on October 9
MOSCOW, September 20 (RAPSI) - An appeal against the verdict filed by opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigning blogger Alexei Navalny and businessman Pyotr Ofitserov, who were convicted and sentenced for large-scale embezzlement, will be considered on October 9, Navalny wrote in his Twitter on Friday.
On Monday, the Leninsky District Court referred their appeal to the Kirov regional court.
Navalny was found guilty of timber embezzlement last in July stemming from a stint spent serving as an advisor to Kirov governor Nikita Belykh between May and September 2009. According to investigators, Navalny organized the theft of over 10,000 cubic meters of timber during that period in collusion with Vyatka Timber Company Director Pyotr Ofitserov and Kirovles CEO Vyacheslav Opalyov.
He was sentenced to five years in a penal colony, and his co-accused Pyotr Ofitserov received a four-year sentence. The two were held liable to pay a one million ruble fine between them.
Both Navalny and Ofitserov were released from custody until pending their appeal, which was filed with the court in late July against the verdict is considered. It has reached the court late in July.
Afterwards Navalny participated in the Moscow mayoral election.