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Public prosecutors appeal leading oppositionist’s arrest as groundless

July 18, 2013, 19:53 UTC+3

Navalny can stay free on written recognizance not to leave, it said

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MOSCOW, July 18 (Itar-Tass) - Public prosecutors of the Kirov region have filed an appeal against the court ruling to arrest the popular oppositionist Alexei Navalny, who is charged with embezzlement, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Thursday night.

Navalny can stay free on written recognizance not to leave, it said.

“The Prosecutor’s Office of the Kirov region filed an appeal against the part of the sentence to Navalny concerning the measure of restraint on him in the form of custody /Navalny was placed under arrest right in the courtroom - Itar-Tass/,” a source at the Office of the Prosecutor General said.

“Public prosecution believes that Navalny can stay free on recognizance not to leave until the sentence takes legal effect,” he said.

Leninsky district court in Kirov sentenced Navalny, who is one of the leaders of Russia’s off-parliament opposition and who has been registered as a candidate for the post of Moscow City Mayor in election scheduled for September 8, to five years in a general prison.

He was found guilty of embezzlements in the Kirovles timber company.

The second person featured in the same case, Pyotr Ofitserov, a former director of Vyatka Forestry Company Ltd. was sentenced to four years in jail.

Both Navalny and Ofitserov were placed under detention in the courtroom.

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