MOSCOW, January 23 (RAPSI) - Opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced Thursday that when he visited the Investigative Committee to read materials on one criminal case, he was subpoenaed to give testimony on another.
“I turned up at the Investigative Committee to read materials on the Yves Rocher case, and an investigator I don’t know served me a summons on another case. I have no idea what the case is about,” Navalny wrote on his Twitter.
Navalny suggested that before the Yves Rocher case is taken to court, he may face new charges.
RIA Novosti has not been able to reach investigators for comment.
Final charges have been brought against Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny, on stealing over 26 million rubles from Yves Rocher and over 4 million rubles from Multifunctional Processing Company. The two defendants are also facing money laundering charges, the figure quoted is 21 million rubles.
Alexei Navalny has already been given a suspended sentence of five years for embezzlement of Kirovles funds. The oppositioner denies his guilt in all these cases.
Alexei Navalny ran for Moscow mayor in 2013, losing to the Kremlin-backed incumbent, but boosting his public exposure through a vigorous grassroots campaign. He gained just over 27 percent of the vote, well above what initial polls suggested he would get.