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November 17, 2016

Russia Top Court Overturns Conviction Of Anti-Corruption Activist


Recently, Russia'sSupreme Courtoverturned the conviction of Alexei Navalny. Navalnyrunsthe Anti-Corruption Foundation, which investigates the Russian government. In a verdict condemned by the EU and US, Navalny wasconvictedof the embezzlement of timber from the Kirovles State Timber Company in 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison. In February, the European Court of Human Rightsruledthat Russia had violated Navalny's right to a fair trial. Navalny's case will beretriedin the city of Kirov.

Navalny has faced numerous problems with the Russian legal system. In May, a Moscow courtdeclinedauthorities' request to convert Navalny's suspended sentence into a prison term. He had been convicted of fraud and sentenced to three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence. In 2015, Navalny washanded a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an "anti-crisis" demonstration. In 2014, Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny, werechargedwith embezzling approximately 30 million rubles (USD $518,000) from a French cosmetics company, Yves Rocher Vostok, and the Multidisciplinary Processing Company by a fraud scheme between 2008 and 2012.

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