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Russian Opposition Leader Faces New Charges

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have opened a third criminal investigation into prominent opposition and anti-Kremlin blogger Alexei Navalny. The government’s Investigative Committee said Monday that Navalny is suspected of defrauding a a liberal political party of $3.4 million. The new charges come less than a week after Navalny and his brother were charged with defrauding a mail […]

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Russian Protest Leader Charged with Fraud

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent Russian opposition leader has been charged with fraud and money laundering. Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee said Thursday that Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, are accused of defrauding a mail transport company of $1.8 million. In a statement posted to his website (blog), Navalny said the charges were reprisals for his efforts to […]

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Russia Investigates Opposition Leader

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation against prominent opposition activist Alexei Navalny over suspected fraud and money laundering. Officials say Navalny is being investigated over the alleged theft of $1.8 million from one of his companies. Russian authorities already have another financial case open against Navalny. Investigators said earlier this year they suspect Navalny […]

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Russia Extends Prison For Dissident Accused of Plotting Riots

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Russia has extended the detention of a Russian opposition activist who claims he was kidnapped and tortured in jail. Moscow’s Basmanny District Court ruled Wednesday that Leonid Razvozzhayev should remain in jail until April for investigation on charges of plotting mass riots. Prosecutors have charged Razvozzhayev and two other dissidents ((Sergey Udaltsov […]

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Russia Raids Homes of 3 Opposition Activists

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian federal investigators have raided the homes of several opposition activists Moscow accuses of attending seminars in Lithuania on organizing protests aimed at toppling President Vladimir Putin. Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said investigators raided the homes of Taisia Alexandrova, Anna Kornilova and Yuri Nabutovsky on Tuesday morning, seizing computer files and other documents. […]

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Russia: New Proof in Foreign-Backed Riot Plot

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators say there is new evidence proving key opposition leaders were working with foreign backers to help overthrow the government. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Friday said the new information confirms that activists Sergey Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev met with officials from Georgia in order to plot mass riots. Markin also […]

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Russia Keeps Activist in Custody

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian Court has upheld a decision to keep in custody an opposition activist who says he was kidnapped in Ukraine and forced to confess to plotting a coup. The Moscow City Court Wednesday rejected a complaint filed by Leonid Razvozzhayev’s lawyers to cancel a lower court decision to keep him in pre-trial detention. Razvozzhayev […]

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Kuwaiti Riot Police Break Up Rally for Jailed Opposition Leader

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Riot police in Kuwait on Wednesday used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of protesters demanding freedom for a jailed opposition leader accused of insulting the emir. Prosecutors have ordered Musallam al-Barrak held for 10 days while they investigate the charges. Barrack, a former member of parliament, has been accused of insulting the […]

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Rights Group: Russia Using Stalin-Era Tactics Against Opposition

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian human rights group says the country’s leaders are using tactics against the opposition that are reminiscent of those used under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin during the 1920s and 30s. In a statement Tuesday, rights group Memorial condemned a growing crackdown on opponents of President Vladimir Putin that has seen a growing protest movement […]

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Russian Activist Udaltsov Charged in Plotting Riots

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian investigators have charged another opposition activist with plotting riots as part of an apparent Kremlin crackdown on the anti-Putin protest movement. Russia’s State Investigations Committee filed charges Friday against Sergei Udaltsov, who faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He was not detained but has been ordered to stay in Moscow pending […]

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