August 7, 2017
On June 12th, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow chanting “Putin is a crook” and “Russia without Putin!” The protesters, predominantly 16-27 year olds, flooded Tverskaya Street, a main artery leading to Red Square, waving Russian flags and holding signs that read “Navalny 2018.” As a helicopter buzzed overhead, it didn’t take long for riot police to move in, batons drawn.
By the end of the day, there were more than 1,000 arrests across Russia. The protests were inspired by a 41-year-old lawyer turned anti-corruption crusader named Alexei Navalny. He has announced plans to challenge Vladimir Putin in Russia’s presidential election next March, but the Central Electoral Commission has suggested that an embezzlement conviction (which Navalny claims was politically prosecuted) may prevent him from running. Navalny hopes that by gathering enough support across the country, he can force the Kremlin to allow him to run.
“CBSN: On Assignment” spent a week with Alexei Navalny before the protests, in his Moscow office and on the campaign trail. “It’s not about playing [a] game,” Navalny told correspondent Ryan Chilcote. “It’s not saying something or making rallies. We are really making this political work to win and without any doubts this corrupt regime will be crushed and another man will become president of Russia.”
(N.B. Alexei Navalny is a lawyer and opposition leader.)
August 4, 2017
A Russian court extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year Friday, a sentence that should bar him from running for office until at least 2021.
Navalny, who rose to prominence with his investigations of official corruption, spearheaded a series of anti-corruption protests across Russia this year, the most wide-spread in decades.
He wants to run for president of Russia next year and has been signing up campaign volunteers even though he technically is ineligible as a candidate. He says banning him from office is illegal and he’s campaigning to put pressure on authorities.
A lawyer by training, Navalny was convicted of fraud in 2013 and 2014 after trials that supporters characterized as politically motivated.
He was given a 5-year suspended prison sentence along with 1½ years’ probation this year after a retrial of one of the cases.
July 23, 2017
Moscow’s Basmanny Court sanctioned arrest in absentia of Ukraine’s Prosecutor of the Chief Military Prosecution Ruslan Kravchenko and Investigator for particularly important cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office Vadim Priymachok, charged with prosecution of a person who is knowingly innocent of criminal responsibility, the Court’s Press Secretary Yunona Tsareva told TASS on Sunday.
“At the request from the investigator, the court chose in relation to Kravchenko and Priymachok, who are on the international wanted list, a preventive measure in the form of detention in absentia,” she said.
The press secretary said the charges presented to Kravchenko and Priymachok are under the Criminal Code’s article on criminal charges and illegal criminal case accusing a person of grave or especially grave crime. The responsibility under this article is between five and ten years in prison. The press secretary said she did not have details on the criminal case.
The media reported earlier, Military Prosecutor Kravchenko and investigator Priymachok were probing in Ukraine into a criminal case against Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Besides, the military prosecutor is head of the group investigating the case on treason of Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovich.
July 7, 2017
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 25 days for organising a wave of protests.
“We will, of course, not bend under any pressure,” he said after he returned to the office of his Fund for Fighting Corruption.
He was arrested on June 12 as thousands of protesters gathered for an unsanctioned demonstration in Moscow.
Protests in response to Mr Navalny’s call occurred in more than 100 Russian cities and towns that day, one of the strongest showings by the marginalised opposition for several years.
Nearly 2,000 people were detained at the protests, most of them in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Mr Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but a court reduced that to 25.
(N.B. Alexei Navalny is also a human rights lawyer)
June 16, 2017
Though his efforts continue to be thwarted at every turn, Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent isn’t giving up.
Earlier this week, Russia was hit by the one of the biggest waves of anti-government protests it had seen in half a decade, with events attended by thousands of demonstrators in over 100 cities across the country. Police arrested an estimated 1,000 protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg alone. Among them was the chief architect of the demonstrations: the activist, opposition leader, and presidential hopeful Alexei Navalny.
At this point, Navalny, the charismatic lawyer-turned-activist politician is no stranger to Russia’s corrupt criminal-justice system. Since he first came into the public eye around seven years ago and began using publicly available information to expose the theft and fraud so common among Russia’s ruling class, it has been easy to lose count of how many times he’s been detained, arrested, or prosecuted on trumped up charges. Following his most recent arrest this past Monday, a court sentenced him to 30 days in prison for organizing an unauthorized protest. (In Russia, all protests must be state-approved and take place in state-designated areas.) He seemed unfazed by the conviction, playfully complaining that his sentence meant he’d miss an upcoming Depeche Mode concert.
June 14, 2017
Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and activist known for establishing the Anti-Corruption Foundation [advocacy wevite], was arrested outside his home in Moscow on Monday, according [TASS report, in Russian] to a state-media new report. His arrest, and almost immediate conviction for “organizing an unauthorized rally,” occurred shortly before an anti-corruption protest targeting President Valdimir Putin and the Kremlin [TASS report, in Russian] was scheduled to take place on Tverskaya, a four-lane avenue and main thoroughfare in Moscow. Navalny was sentenced to a 30-day prison term. According to state-run media [TASS report, in Russian], Moscow officials had approved a protest in a public square just outside the city’s center district, and Navalny’s arrest was the result of a post he had made the night before [YouTube video, in Russian] the protest redirecting protesters. Tweeting from his verified Twitter account shortly after his arrest on Monday, Navalny’s wife Yulia said [Tweet, in Russian] the protest in the Tverskaya area would proceed as planned. The protest in Moscow and similar ones throughout Russia resulted in more than 1,000 arrests.
This is not the first time Navalny has trouble with the Russian legal system. Navalny was arrested [JURIST report] in March at a demonstration protesting the alleged corruption of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website]. In February he was convicted and sentenced [JURIST report] for embezzlement. That same month, the European Court of Human Rights ordered [JURIST report] Russia to pay more than €63,000 for arresting Navalny multiple times between March 2012 and February 2014. In May a Moscow court declined [JURIST report] authorities’ request to convert Navalny’s suspended sentence into a prison term. He had been convicted of fraud and sentenced to three-and-a-half-years suspended sentence. In 2015 Navalny was handed [JURIST report] a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an “anti-crisis” demonstration. In 2014 Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny, were charged [JURIST report] with embezzling approximately 30 million rubles (USD $518,000) from French cosmetics company, Yves Rocher Vostok, and the Multidisciplinary Processing Company by a fraud scheme between 2008 and 2012.
May 30, 2017
Law enforcement officers have arrested a suspect in the murder of a Moscow attorney, the Investigative Committee announced on its website on Monday.
The arrested Marat Yanbukhtin has been transferred to an investigative department for investigatory actions, the statement reads.
The woman, who had been working as a lawyer, was shot dead on entering her apartment in the north-east of Moscow on April 26. Investigators consider different versions of the murder including those connected with the victim’s professional activity.
Reportedly, the victim is the 40-year old Natalya Vavilina. However, this information has not been officially confirmed.
According to the Federal Chamber of Lawyers, the woman became the seventh attorney killed in Russia in the last two years. Since 2001, 45 Russian lawyers have been murdered. Most of crimes have not been detected, the Chamber reported earlier.