Court orders to leave verdict in force on Navalny’s case

04.05.2017, Russia.

According to the RIA Novosti News Agency, the Kirovsk regional court made a decision on May 3 to leave the verdict in force concerning the case of opposition member Alexey Navalny’s embezzlement of assets belonging to the “Kirovles” enterprise.

The court also confirmed the legitimacy of a subordinate court’s decision to forcibly deliver Navalny to the Leninsky court of the city of Kirovsk to be present at the court hearings, as he did not attend them multiple times.

On February 8, the Leninsky court of the city of Kirovsk passed a verdict concerning opposition member Alexey Navalny’s embezzlement of assets belonging to the “Kirovles” enterprise. He was sentenced to a 5-year suspended sentence and a 500,000 ruble (around 8,000 euros) fine.

In 2013, Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov, ex-director of the “Vyatskaya Lesnaya Kompaniya” wood-processing company already received sentences for embezzling “Kirovles” assets, but Russia’s Supreme Court later canceled the verdicts.

Alexey Navalny became a well-known opposition member after he tried to organize a color revolution in Russia in 2011–2012. He urged people to distrust Russian authorities, as well as Russian President Putin and his team. Many experts and political analysts consider Navalny’s actions during that time to be an attempt to destabilize Russia using the same methods as Kiev’s Maidan. Despite support from some members of the Russian government, the attempt to plunge Russia into chaos failed thanks to, among other things, healthy patriotic forces uniting through a coalition rally against the attempted color revolution in Russia. The rally of February 14, 2012, gathered a record 140,000 people [in the Victory park] on Poklonnaya Hill.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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