Russias Alexei Navalny accused of new fraud

Wednesday 27th February, 2013

One of Russia’s leading opposition figures, Alexei Navalny, has been accused of obtaining his lawyer’s qualifications fraudulently.

The Russian Investigative Committee said that while applying to be a lawyer he had provided inaccurate information.

Mr Navalny has campaigned against corruption and made allegations against senior Russian officials, including the head of the Investigative Committee.

But he has himself been arrested several times and charged with fraud.

In the latest case against him, the Investigative Committee said in a statement that in the paperwork provided in his application to be a lawyer, he said he had the necessary two years’ work experience as a legal specialist. …

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