Russian court finds searches at Navalny’s apartment legal
MOSCOW, July 21 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – The Moscow City Court has dismissed appeals filed by the Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny over the personal searches as well as apartment searches in the criminal case over defamation against investigator Pavel Karpov, RAPSI learned in the courtroom on Thursday.
Searches were conducted in accordance with the ruling that was issued by the Lyublinsky District Court on May 30.
A criminal case against Navalny has been launched following the petition filed by Karpov.
Karpov, who has been put on the sanctions list over Sergei Magnitsky’s case, turned to the police over some videos, which accused the former investigator of committing serious and extremely serious crimes including embezzlement, kidnapping, and murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management.
Magnitsky, who worked for Firestone Duncan and represented Hermitage Capital, was arrested after accusing Russian officials of a $230 million fraud and died in prison under suspicious circumstances. He was posthumously found guilty of tax evasion by a Moscow court in July 2013.
According to Karpov, Navalny has regularly shared links to the videos created by Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder.
Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court has recognized information disclosed in these films as untrue and tarnishing honor and dignity, Karpov says.