Russia probes associates of top Putin foe for fraud during Moscow mayoral campaign
Published on May 23, 2014 6:44 PM
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian investigators on Friday launched a probe into three associates of top opposition leader Alexei Navalny for alleged fraud during his Moscow mayoral campaign.
The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement that the probe targets three Navalny associates - Moscow city councillor Konstantin Yankauskas, and businessmen Nikolai Lyaskin and Vladimir Ashurkov - accused of embezzling funds gathered for his campaign.
Navalny, the 37-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption blogger who became the charismatic leader of protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-12, is under house arrest while on trial in another fraud case.
The committee, which is the federal investigative authority equivalent to the FBI in the United States, said searches were being carried out in the homes of the three suspects.
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