Petr Ofitserov convicted alongside Navalny in Kirovles case dies

Petr Ofitserov convicted alongside Navalny in Kirovles case dies
Aleksey Navalny and Petr Ofitserov

The businessman who faced trial alongside Navalny in the Kirovles case died in Moscow Hospital.

The businessman who faced trial alongside Navalny in the Kirovles case died in Moscow Hospital, according to journalist Evgeniya Albats's Twitter page. “Ofitserov was a wonderful, amazing, and kind person who was always ready to give you a helping hand; he was very firm, manly, courageous, and committed. The world lost a lot today,” she wrote. Albats told RBC that he may have died of a stroke.

RIA Novosti later quoted the Facebook page of Svetlana Davydova, Ofitserov's lawyer, saying he died on Jule 13.

Ofitserov was taken to hospital with a concussion and a head injury from his house in the Pervomayskoe village located just outside of Moscow in the afternoon on Sunday, as Moskovsky Komsomolets reported earlier. 43-year-old Ofitserov may have suffered the injuries due to an epilepsy seizure, Moskovsky Komsomolets quoted doctors as saying.

Petr Ofitserov founded Vyatskaya Lesnaya Kompaniya in 2009. He was a defendant alongside Aleksey Navalny in the Kirovles case. Kirovles was supposed to supply underpriced timber to Vyatskaya Lesnaya Kompaniya that was going to sell it for the market price despite being able to sell it directly, according to prosecutors' court 2013 statement. Ofitserov did not testify against Navalny during the investigation and accused investigators of pressuring him.

The Court ruled that Kirovles suffered damage. Navalny and Ofitserov were found guilty. Both were given suspended sentences in 2013.

However, the ruling was overturned in 2016; the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia had violated the right of Navalny and Ofitserov to a fair trial. They faced trial again in February 2017. Navalny and Ofitserov were given 5- and 4-year suspended sentences respectively. Both were given half a year probation periods.

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