Alexey Navalny
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Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny found guilty in retrial
CNN - 15 days
Russia's most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, was found guilty Wednesday of embezzlement following a retrial in a Russian court.
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Retrial starts for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Yahoo News - 3 months
MOSCOW (AP) — A retrial of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for embezzlement opened Monday in the provincial city of Kirov after the original 2013 guilty verdict was overturned by the Supreme Court.
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Russian court annuls ruling against opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Yahoo News - 3 months
Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a lower court's decision to hand Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended five year sentence, raising supporters' hopes he might be able to run in the next presidential election. A lower court had found Navalny and an associate guilty of embezzling funds from a timber firm in the Kirov region and in 2013 sentenced him to five years in jail, a sentence that was later suspended on appeal. Navalny said the original ruling was politically-motivated and designed to prevent him from taking part in elections.
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Court hearing for Russian opposition leader Navalny postponed until May 13
Fox News - almost 2 years
A Moscow court has postponed a hearing to review a suspended sentence for opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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Kremlin critic Navalny walks out of Moscow jail - almost 2 years
Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walks out of a Moscow detention centre. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Russian court hands opposition activist Navalny 15 days sentence - about 2 years
Moscow court jails Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny for 15 days, saying he disrupted public order by distributing leaflets for an unsanctioned anti-Kremlin protest. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Putin Critic Navalny Seeks Permission to Visit Sochi
NYTimes - about 3 years
Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who is restricted from travelling outside Moscow, has requested permission to visit Sochi during the Winter Olympics, according to his blog and his press secretary.     
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Russian activist publishes Sochi corruption file
The Brownsville Herald - about 3 years
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- An interactive website launched Monday by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny paints a vivid picture of the suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics....
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Russian investigators file new charges against opposition leader Navalny
Fox News - over 3 years
Russia's main investigative agency says it has filed new theft and money laundering charges against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother.
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How The 2003 Arrest Of The Richest Man In Russia Changed Everything — And What Happens Next
Business Insider - over 3 years
Pavel Khodorkovsky was in Boston when he first heard of his father's arrest, of how masked men stormed his father's jet at dawn in the Novosibirsk Airport in Siberia, aimed machine guns at him, slapped handcuffs on his wrists, and flew him to Moscow. He heard the news in a phone call from his mother on the morning of Oct. 25, 2003, but it would soon make headlines around the world. "Police in Russia seize oil tycoon," read The New York Times, "Russia's richest man held for fraud" went the BBC's version. Behind the headlines, was a conflict between an oligarch who wanted to open up Russia to business and a new president, Vladimir Putin, who wanted to assert state authority. It was soon clear that the oligarch had lost. A decade later, 28-year-old Pavel is sitting in a nondescript office in Midtown Manhattan, trying to remember what he felt after hearing the news. The office, a former storage room, is now home to a non-profit dedicated to reforming Russia, Pavel's Institute of Mod ...
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Kremlin hits back at 'golden pistols' corruption claim
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Moscow (AFP) - Russia's deputy prime minister on Saturday demanded an apology from protest leader and top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he alleged massive corruption in an arms procurement deal.
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Russian opposition leader Navalny avoids jail, vows defiance
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Gabriela Baczynska KIROV, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's chief political opponent walked free from a Russian court on Wednesday after it suspended his five-year sentence for theft, and said he could never be "hounded" out of political life. The conviction, however, will prevent Alexei Navalny, borne to prominence nearly two years ago by the biggest protests of Putin's 13-year rule, from seeking elected office for several years. He said he would appeal. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexey Navalny
  • 2012
    Age 35
    On 30 July 2012, Russia's State Investigative Committee (SK) charged Navalny with embezzlement.
    More Details Hide Details The committee stated that he had conspired to steal timber from KirovLes, a state-owned company in Kirov Oblast, in 2009 while acting as an adviser to Kirov's governor Nikita Belykh. Investigators had closed a previous probe into the claims for lack of evidence. Navalny was released on his own recognizance but instructed not to leave Moscow. Navalny described the charges as "weird" and without foundation. He stated that authorities "are doing it to watch the reaction of the protest movement and of Western public opinion... So far they consider both of these things acceptable and so they are continuing along this line." His supporters protested before the SK offices. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that "We should be concerned with attempts in Russia to silence fierce opposition activist Alexei @navalny." The New York Times called it "the Kremlin’s most direct measure to date against a leader of the protest movement that erupted here in December" and suggested that "the Kremlin’s eagerness to limit Mr. Navalny's impact now outweighs the risk of a political backlash". Al Jazeera described the charge as part of a broader trend of cracking down on dissent, connecting to a recent bill in the Russian parliament to ban protests and the trial of three members of the punk band Pussy Riot for an anti-Putin protest.
    In July 2012, Navalny posted documents on his blog allegedly showing that Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee of Russia and a Putin ally, owned an undeclared business in the Czech Republic.
    More Details Hide Details The posting was described by the Financial Times as Navalny's "answering shot" for having had his emails leaked during his arrest in the previous month.
    On 4 June 2012, Navalny was ordered by Moscow's Lyublinsky District Court to pay 30 thousand rubles (about 900 USD) as compensation for "moral harm" to United Russia State Duma Deputy Vladimir Svirid, after Svirid filed charges against Navalny for comments he made in an article written for Esquire magazine about the United Russia party: "In United Russia, there are people I come across that I generally like.
    More Details Hide Details But if you have joined United Russia, you are still a thief. And if you are not a thief, then you are a crook, because you use your name to cover the rest of the thieves and crooks." Svirid had originally sought one million rubles in the case.
    On 11 June, 2012, Moscow prosecutors conducted a 12 hour search of Navalny's home, office and a search of the apartment of one of Navalny's relatives.
    More Details Hide Details The searches were done as part of a broader investigation into the clashes between opposition activists and riot police which happened on the 6th of May. Soon afterward, some of Navalny's personal emails were posted online by a pro-government blogger.
    He was the only Russian to be named in Time magazine's 2012 list of the world's 100 most influential people.
    More Details Hide Details Navalny is of Russian/Ukrainian decent. His father Anatoliy Navalny comes from the village Zalissia in Ivankiv Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. Although Navalny grew up in Obninsk about 100 km southwest of Moscow, he spent his childhood summers at his grandmother in Ukraine.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    On his release on 20 December 2011, Navalny called on Russians to unite against Putin, whom Navalny said would try to snatch victory in the 4 March 2012 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Navalny told reporters on his release that it would be senseless for him to run in the presidential elections because the Kremlin would not allow them to be fair. But he said that if free elections were held, he would "be ready" to run. He then on December 24 helped lead a demonstration much larger than the post-election one (50,000 strong, in one Western-media account), telling the "wildly cheering crowd": "I see enough people to take the Kremlin right now." In March, after Putin was elected president, Navalny helped lead an anti-Putin rally in Moscow's Pushkin Square, attended by between 14,000 and 20,000 people. After the rally, Navalny was detained by authorities for several hours, then released. On 8 May, the day after Putin was inaugurated, Navalny and another opposition leader, Sergei Udaltsov, were arrested after an anti-Putin rally at Clean Ponds, and were each given 15-day jail sentences. In response, Amnesty International designated the two men prisoners of conscience.
    Navalny was arrested 5 December 2011, convicted and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
    More Details Hide Details Since his arrest, his blog has become available in English. On December 7, President Dmitry Medvedev's official Twitter account retweeted a statement by United Russia member Konstantin Rykov which claimed that "a person who writes in their blog the words 'party of crooks and thieves' is a stupid, c*cksucking sheep". This retweet was quickly deleted and described as a mistake by the Kremlin, but gained wide attention in Russia and abroad.
    In August 2011 Navalny publicized papers related to a scandalous real estate deal between Hungarian and Russian governments.
    More Details Hide Details According to the papers, Hungary sold a former embassy building in Moscow for $21mln to an offshore company of V.Vekselberg, who immediately resold it to the Russian government for $111mln. Irregularities in the paper trail implied a collusion. Hungarian officials responsible for the deal were detained in February 2011, but no investigation was started on the Russian side. In December 2011, after parliamentary elections and accusations of electoral fraud, some 6,000 gathered in Moscow to protest the fraud and some 300 were arrested including Navalny. After a period of uncertainty, Navalny was produced at court and thereafter sentenced to the maximum 15 days "for defying a government official. He plans to appeal the verdict." Alexei Venediktov called the arrest "'a political mistake: jailing Navalny transforms him from an online leader into an offline one.'" Navalny was kept in the same prison as several other activists, including Ilya Yashin and Sergei Udaltsov, the unofficial leader of the Vanguard of Red Youth, a radical Russian communist youth group. Udaltsov has gone on hunger strike to protest against the conditions.
    In May 2011 Navalny launched the RosYama project, which allowed individuals to report potholes and track government responses to complaints.
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    In May 2011, the Russian government began criminal investigation into Navalny, widely described in Western media as "revenge", and by Navalny himself as "a fabrication by the security services".
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, "crooks and thieves" became a popular nickname for the party.
    In February 2011, in an interview with the radio station, Navalny called the main Russian party, United Russia, a "party of crooks and thieves".
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, a pro-party lawyer declared that some regular members of United Russia had asked him to proceed against Navalny.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    In December 2010, Navalny announced the launch of the RosPil project, which seeks to bring to light corrupt practices in the government procurement process.
    More Details Hide Details The project takes advantage of existing procurement regulation that requires all government requests for tender to be posted online. Information about winning bids must be posted online as well.
    In November 2010, Navalny published confidential documents about Transneft's auditing.
    More Details Hide Details According to Navalny's blog, about four billion dollars were stolen by Transneft's leaders during the construction of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline.
    In October 2010, Navalny was the decisive winner of virtual "Mayor of Moscow elections" held in the Russian Internet by Kommersant and
    More Details Hide Details He received about 30,000 votes, or 45%, with the closest rival being "Against all candidates" with some 9,000 votes (14%), followed by Boris Nemtsov with 8,000 votes (12%) out of a total of about 67,000 votes.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    In December 2007, a meeting was held by the Bureau of the "Yabloko" party, on the issue of Navalny's exclusion from the party, with demands of "the immediate resignation of party chairman and all his deputies, and the re-election of at least 70% of the Bureau."
    More Details Hide Details Navalny was expelled from Yabloko "for causing political damage to the party; in particular, for nationalist activities." Navalny is a minor stockholder in several major Russian state-related corporations and some of his activities are aimed at making the financial properties of these companies transparent. This is required by law, but there are allegations that some of the top managers of these companies are involved in thefts and are obscuring transparency. Other activities deal with wrongdoings by Russian Militsiya, such as Sergei Magnitsky's case, improper usage of state's budget funds, quality of state services and so on.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    In 2002, he was elected to the regional council of the Moscow branch of Yabloko.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    In 2000, Navalny joined the Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko", where he was a member of the Federal Political Council of the party.
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    Navalny graduated from Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in 1998 with a law degree.
    More Details Hide Details He then studied securities and exchanges at the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • 1976
    Born on June 4, 1976.
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