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Russian authorities accuse opposition activist Alexei Navalny, brother Oleg of stealing $1.8 million.
Russian activist Alexei Navalny is under investigation for fraud and money laundering, a second such case brought against the outspoken opposition leader this year.
Authorities accused Navalny of stealing $1.8 million from one of his companies, Voice of America said.
Earlier this year, prosecutors said Navalny schemed to steal $500,000 from a state timber company in 2009.
He denies all claims. Navalny faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
It also accused Navalny’s brother, Oleg, of helping him create a shipping company and billing for $1.8 million but only delivering $1 million worth of goods.
“I see that I alone am not enough, so they’re cracking down on my family?” he wrote on Twitter, UPI reported.
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Navalny, 36, is responsible for launching protests against President Vladimir Putin last year, The Telegraph said.
He’s the most public figure – perhaps outside Pussy Riot – to stand against Putin’s strict regime.
Critics say the trumped-up charges are designed to intimidate Navalny before a planned anti-Putin protest on Saturday.
Navalny went on to say through Twitter that his brother is doing a great job hiding the spoils.
“Dropped in on my brother to see how things were and to see if he’s hiding 55 million in his five-square-meter (15-foot) kitchen,” Navalny tweeted along with a picture of Oleg holding an infant, The Telegraph said.
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