Russia top court overturns conviction of anti-corruption activist News
Russia top court overturns conviction of anti-corruption activist

[JURIST] Russia’s Supreme Court [official website] overturned the conviction of Alexei Navalny on Wednesday. Navalny runs [New Yorker report] the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which investigates the Russian government. In a verdict condemned by the EU and US, Navalny was convicted [BBC report] of embezzlement of timber from the Kirovles State Timber Company in 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison. In February, the European Court of Human Rights ruled [JURIST report] that Russia had violated Navalny’s right to a fair trial. Navalny’s case will be retried [AP report] in the city of Kirov.

Navalny has faced numerous problems with the Russian legal system. 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.