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Opposition Leader Navalny's Wife Questioned

Published: August 26, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • Navalnaya said on Twitter that she declined to testify against herself, leading the investigator to threaten her with criminal prosecution in what she referred to as a violation of her constitutional rights.
    Photo: A. Astakhova / Vedomosti

Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of firebrand opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was questioned by federal investigators Monday in a move the couple referred to as an act of "intimidation."

The Investigative Committee called Navalnaya, 38, in for questioning in connection with a piece of street art that investigators believe was stolen by affiliates of her husband, she said.

The work in question — a diptych by artist Sergei Sotov titled "Good/Bad Man" — depicts two people embracing various vices and virtues.

The work had been displayed on a city street in central Russian city of Vladimir. Sotov is known for creating satirical works and then placing them in public spaces, according to opposition-minded newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

Navalny has said the artwork was given to him as a gift by a friend, Georgy Alburov, who had found it in the street.

Despite never having cared in the past about the fate of his works, Sotov is said to have notified the authorities about the theft of "Good/Bad Man," which the artist claimed was worth 5,000 rubles ($150), Novaya Gazeta reported.

Navalnaya said on Twitter that she declined to testify against herself, leading the investigator to threaten her with criminal prosecution in what she referred to as a violation of her constitutional rights.

Three other Navalny affiliates have also been summoned for questioning, she said in a separate Tweet.

Navalny, 38, made a name for himself by blogging a series of hard-hitting exposés targeting officials and powerful businessmen. He was among the leaders of the mass opposition protests that took Moscow by storm between 2011 and 2013.

Since then, the activist has been slapped with several criminal fraud cases and defamation suits that he has referred to as fabrication and retribution for his exposОs.

The former Moscow mayoral hopeful was handed a five-year prison sentence following an embezzlement conviction in one of the cases in 2013, though the court later amended its initial ruling, giving him a suspended sentence instead.

The avid blogger was also placed under house arrest last February over another case, leaving his wife and affiliates to run his Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as his personal blog — though officials claimed he ignores the ban and continues to blog personally without taking credit for it.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Dec. 19


Test your mastery of parlor games during Game Evening at the British Book Center. Learn how to play a variety of classic, mentally challenging games and use your newly acquired skills to crush weaker opponents. The event beings at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Stock up your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya ploschad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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