Russian activist investigated for fraud

Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

MOSCOW, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Alexei Navalny, a Russian blogger known for exposing high-level fraud, has been accused of defrauding a firm of $1.8 million, officials said.

The Russian Investigative Committee said on its website opposition leader Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny, allegedly set up a shipping company and billed an unnamed trade company $1.8 million but only shipped $1 million worth of goods.

Alexei Navalny denied the accusations, calling them "complete nonsense" on Twitter.

"I see that I alone am not enough, so they're cracking down on my family?" he wrote.

This is the second criminal case against Alexei Navalny, who had been investigated for allegedly misappropriating state-owned timber worth $522,000 while he was an unpaid adviser to Kirov Gov. Nikita Belykh, a former opposition activist, RIA Novosti reported.

As an anti-corruption blogger, Alexei Navalny has made a name for himself exposing high-level fraud, the report said. He has been among the leaders at anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow since last December.

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