MOSCOW, January 13 (RAPSI) – The investigators can now move for detaining opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has allegedly violated the terms of his restriction notice in the Ives Rocher case, the Investigative Committee told RIA Novosti on Monday.
On Friday, several media outlets reported that Navalny was spotted in the Moscow region’s town of Odintsovo, which means he violated the restriction imposed by the investigation. Attorney Vadim Kobzev said that the Moscow region was included in the travelling restrictions as well as Moscow greater.
Federal investigators formally charged the Navalny brothers with fraud in a case involving cosmetics company Yves Rocher Vostok in October 2013.
Investigators allege that the Navalny brothers had embezzled upwards of 26 million rubles from the cosmetics company, as well as upwards of 4 million rubles from the Multidisciplinary Processing Company by way of a fraud scheme. The brothers were further charged with having laundered 21 million rubles.
On appeal in a separate criminal case, Alexei Navalny received a suspended sentence based on his conviction on charges of timber embezzlement in July stemming from a stint spent serving as an advisor to Kirov governor Nikita Belykh between May and September 2009. Investigators had alleged that 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 initially 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. In October 2013 a court in Russia's Kirov region suspended Alexei’s sentence.