Navalny forced to leave FBK office with bailiffs
The opposition activist claims he has bought a ticket to Kirov and was going to attend the hearing.
Bailiffs have taken Alexey Navalny away from the FBK office in Moscow. The opposition activist said that he would be taken to the management of the Moscow Court Bailiffs Service. The exact purpose of that decision remains unknown.
Выходил из офиса like a boss. Приставы, камеры, фотографы. Непонятно только зачем это всё. Я бы и сам до аэропорта доехал.— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) 31 января 2017 г.
Twitter: I was leaving the office like a boss. Bailiffs, cameras, photographers. It is not clear why all the fuss. I could have come to the airport myself.
Representative of the Federal Bailiff Service Timur Korobitsyn said that Navalny would be forcibly taken to the Kirov court for a hearing of the Kirovles case.
Navalny claimed he had bought a ticket to Kirov and was going to attend the hearing, but the bailiffs insisted on taking him away nonetheless.
A spokesman for FBK Kira Yarmysh told Meduza that first bailiffs would take Navalny home, so that he could pack his bags, then take him to the management, and finally, escort to the airport. Yarmysh noted that Navalny had not been detained.
Pyotr Ofitserov, the second defendant in the case, has already set off for the airport to travel to Kirov. This was reported by Mediazona with reference to his lawyer Svetlana Davydova. The lawyer said that bailiffs had come to her office as well, but Ofitserov had not been there.
"They came, saw that Ofitserov was not there, spent some time arguing with my colleagues, threatening to use special means and brute force. After calling their leadership, they left," Davydova said.
On January 30, the judge in the Kirovles case ordered to forcibly deliver Navalny and Ofitserov to the hearing on February 1. The decision was made after the accused had failed to appear at two previous sessions. Ofitserov was taken to hospital, but was soon discharged, once the hospital became subject to an inspection.
Navalny and Ofitserov stand accused of stealing Kirovles goods. At the end of the first trial, they were sentenced to probation. The case was sent for review after the decision of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR), which had come to the conclusion that the accused had been tried for acts that are indistinguishable from ordinary business activities.
Since early February, there has been a preventive operation of the National Police of Ukraine in cooperation with the border and migration services called ‘Migrant’. Its aim is to identify and expel thieves in law and foreign crime lords out of the country.