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Criminal trial could derail reformer Navalny

Photo courtesy of Navalny’s livejournal blogRussia’s most popular anti-graft blogger filed papers this weekend to run for mayor of Moscow.

Aleksei Navalny, left, is one of eight candidates in the race.

He’s currently on trial for embezzlement. And if found guilty, he’d be disqualified from running for office.

Navalny, 36, has said the charges against him are bogus and intended to punish him for exposing government fraud.

He faces up to ten years if convicted. But even a suspended sentence would bar him from politics.

Navalny led massive anti-government demonstrations last year in Moscow.

His trial is taking place 500 miles from Moscow, in the city of Kirov. He’s charged with embezzling $510,000 from a state-owned timber company when he served as a government advisor.

He’s best known for publishing alleged evidence of a $4 billion fraud at Transneft, the state-owned giant that transports more than 90% of the oil produced in Russia.

Time magazine named him one of the world’s most influential people in 2012.

At his trial Monday, Navalny said during cross-examination that the charges against him are ‘absurd.’

He writes one of Russia’s most popular blogs.

Last year, he led mass demonstrations against the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.

In 2010, he published what he said was evidence of a $4 billion fraud at Transneft, the state-owned giant that transports more than 90% of the oil produced in Russia.

Time magazine named him one of the world’s most influential people in 2012.

A report this weekend in the Guardian said opposition groups ‘have accused the government of holding the trial far from Moscow in order to cover up the fact that it is a political trial.’

– See more at: https://fcpablog.com/blog/2013/4/16/political-trial-of-anti-graft-campaigner-opens-in-russia.html#sthash.fVAaolbF.dpuf

Russia’s leading anti-corruption activist is being put on trial for embezzlement — charges he and his supporters say are phony and intended to punish him for exposing government fraud.

Alexei Navalny, left, 36, will stand trial this week 500 miles from Moscow, in the city of Kirov. He’s charged with embezzling about $500,000 from a state-owned timber company when he served as a government advisor.

He faces up to ten years if convicted.

He writes one of Russia’s most popular blogs.

Last year, he led mass demonstrations against the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.

In 2010, he published what he said was evidence of a $4 billion fraud at Transneft, the state-owned giant that transports more than 90% of the oil produced in Russia.

Time magazine named him one of the world’s most influential people in 2012.

A report this weekend in the Guardian said opposition groups ‘have accused the government of holding the trial far from Moscow in order to cover up the fact that it is a political trial.’

– See more at: https://fcpablog.com/blog/2013/4/16/political-trial-of-anti-graft-campaigner-opens-in-russia.html#sthash.fVAaolbF.dpuf

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