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Opposition figurehead Navalny comes under effect of amnesty

December 04, 2013, 20:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“As for the defendants in the Bolotnaya disorders criminal case, it is too early to draw conclusions in this issue", Fedotov told
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MOSCOW, December 04, 20:10 /ITAR-TASS/. Opposition figurehead Aleksey Navalny comes under the effect of the amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Chairman of the Russian Presidential Council of Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“Navalny comes under the effect of the amnesty, he received the suspended sentence,” Fedotov told Itar-Tass after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“As for the defendants in the Bolotnaya disorders criminal case, it is too early to draw conclusions in this issue, though a court verdict was not passed yet and they will fall under the effect of the amnesty depending from how the court will rule on their actions,” he added.

Mikhail Fedotov was deeply satisfied with the assessment, which the president gave to the work, which the council had done to prepare the proposals to conduct an amnesty campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. Russia will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the country’s fundamental law on December 12.

On October 16, the Kirov regional court has commuted the guilty verdict in the Kirovles embezzlement case to Aleksey Navalny and former director of the Vyatka forestry company Pyotr Ofitserov, changing real terms in prison to five and four years in suspension, respectively. Both of them were found guilty of embezzling the Kirovles property.

However, Navalny is a defendant of one more criminal case over a massive fraud to the tune of 30 million roubles (about $902.3 thousand) and money laundering. The criminal case was opened after the investigation of a petition from a branch of the perfume company Yves Rocher and the investigation in this criminal case is terminated now. Aleksey Navalny and his brother Oleg Navalny faced the final accusation for embezzlement through a fraud in Yves Rocher Vostok to the tune of more than 26 million roubles (about $817 thousand) and the multi-profile processing company at the sum of more than four million roubles (about $125.8 thousand) and money laundering to the tune of more than 21 million roubles (about $660 thousand), spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said.

The president agreed to conduct an amnesty campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution at the Wednesday’s meeting with the chairman of the Presidential Council of Human Rights and Presidential Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin.

“The amnesty can embrace only those people, who did not commit grave crimes and the crimes related with violent actions against representatives of the state authorities, primarily law enforcers,” the Russian president stated.

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