By  on October 29, 2013

MOSCOW — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg were indicted on charges of fraud and money laundering on Tuesday by Russia’s Investigative Committee in connection with a complaint filed by the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, according to the government-owned news agency ITAR-TASS.


The committee opened its criminal case against the Navalnys in December 2012 after Yves Rocher accused the brothers of embezzling up to 55 million rubles, or $1.7 million at current exchange, of its funds over the course of their business dealings between 2008 and 2012.

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