MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) — Well-known oppositionist Alexei Navalny said in his blog on Tuesday that detectives of the Investigation Committee had searched through the Moscow regional willow weaving factory, which his parents own. The Investigation Committee stated that the detectives were searching for the clues in the criminal case over property misappropriation at the Kirovles enterprise. Navalny is a defendant in this criminal case. The oppositionist believes that the Investigation Committee takes revenge on him for the dissemination of the information about the foreign business of head of the Investigation Committee Alexander Bastrykin.
Navalny’s mother Lyudmila told the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily that the detectives were searching for any documents, which are related with her son, as the search plea noted that the search had been made in the Kirovles criminal case.
Back in 2010 Alexei predicted over the willow weaving business of his parents, “They realize that at any moment policemen of all sorts will come to them because of me and will destroy everything. They are ready for this.”
The Kommersant daily recalled that the criminal case for “the infliction of proprietary damage with stealing” was opened against Alexei Navalny in May 2011. The detectives found out that Navalny being an advisor of Governor Nikita Belykh, made Kirovles conclude an unprofitable contract for timber supplies with the Vyatka forest company “through fraud and abuse of trust.” The damages were estimated at 1.3 million roubles. The criminal case was submitted several times in the central staff of the Russian Investigation Committee and then was returned for an additional investigation. Finally Kirov detectives did not find corpus delicti in Navalny’s actions. However, on July 5, 2012, head of the Investigation Committee Alexander Bastrykin criticized harshly his subordinates, “You had the criminal case against this person and you terminated it tacitly!” After that the investigation was resumed.