Chichvarkin to give Navalny $42.9k to pay court fine

Chichvarkin to give Navalny $42.9k to pay court fine
Evgeny Chichvarkin

Entrepreneur and former Evroset owner Evgeny Chichvarkin says he will help dissident Alexey Navalny pay his fine in the Kirovles case.

Navalny has several days left to pay his fine imposed in the Kirovles case, the entrepreneur said.

That is why he will give Navalny money to pay the fine, according to Chichvarkin, as quoted by the Dozhd TV channel.

"We are going to file a lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights and demand the Russian Federation pay the money back," Chichvarkin said.

The Moscow City Court upheld the Nikulinsky District Court’s ruling compelling Aleksey Navalny and Petr Ofitserov to pay a more than 2-million-ruble ($34.3 thousand) fine for embezzlement.

Being the advisor to Kirov Region Governor Nikita Belykh, Aleksey Navalny organized embezzlement of Kirovles’s property in 2009, according to investigators. He conspired with Vyatskaya Lesnaya Kompaniya CEO Petr Ofitserov and Kirovles CEO Vyacheslav Opalev to understate price for more than 10,000 m2 of timber.

Russian court found Navalny and Ofitserov guilty in 2013. The decision was appealed in the European Court of Human Rights that ruled the two men were prosecuted for activity indistinguishable from normal business operations and demanded the case was reviewed.

The case was reviewed in 2017. The Leninsky District Court (Kirov) convicted Navalny and Ofitserov of embezzlement once more and gave them 5 and 4-year suspended sentences respectively and fined for more than 16 million rubles ($275.1 thousand).

To recall, the entrepreneur residing in London, Evgeny Chichvarkin, announced he is raising more to support Navalny. He made the announcement in August of 2017.

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