Putin's enemy number 1: The many arrests of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny is arrested again - but what else has he been previously arrested for?

Alexei Navalny was arrested for for taking part in a demonstration (Stock image)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Alexei Navalny was arrested again this week, but this is nothing new to the Russian opposition leader.

Navalny, an opposition leader and totem of the anti-graft movement, appeared in court today (March 27), after he was arrested yesterday for taking part in a demonstration. 

He was fined 20,000 rubles (£280) for participating in the unsanctioned demonstration in Moscow against government corruption, according to The Telegraph.

Those taking part were calling for prime minister Dmitry Medvedev to resign, after a dossier of corruption allegations was released, complied by Navalny himself.

But for Navalny it was just another day in court, another unfortunate but inevitable punishment for his audacity in blogging about corruption in Russia, something he's been doing for the last nine years.

Here is his rap sheet. Critics might suggest that, despite all the many and various infractions Navalny has been accused of, the only guilty party is the administration he purports to oppose.

2011

In May a criminal investigation was opened as prosecutors claimed he was "inflicting material damage by means of deceit," because he advised the head of timber company Kirovles to close a deal, allegedly losing it 1.3 million roubles (£29,000), according to The Guardian.

Then, iun December, he was arrested for heading an unsanctioned protest over the Russian elections. During this incident he coined the phrase “party of crooks and thieves," in relation to Mr Putin's Russia, according to The Washington Post.

Navalny was then sentenced to 15 days in prison for obstructing traffic.

2012

The investigation into the Kirovles case was dropped by regional prosecutors, but then picked back up again in July according to the BBC, when Navalny was charged by federal investigators with embezzlement.

Later in the year, Russian investigators also claimed he had defrauded a liberal political party of 100 million roubles (£2 million) in 2007.

Prosecutors said he was paid for advertising but then did not follow what was set out in the contract.

Yet a former top figure in the party spoke out against the investigation, saying no such fraud took place, according to the BBC

2013

Following the investigation into Navalny's involvement at timber company Kirovles, he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement.

However he was then released from custody on bail, The Star said, as prosecutors requested he be let go pending an appeal so he could participate in the Moscow mayoral election.

It was believed that this was an attempt to calm public anger over the sentencing and make sure the election seemed legitimate.

 In October, he was charged with money laundering, the BBC said, as he was accused along with his brother of defrauding a Russian subsidiary of cosmetics company Yves Rocher and Russian company MPK.

Navalny was also charged with laundering 21m roubles (£408,000) in funds, according to CBC.

2014

In December the man was under house arrest for the money laundering charges but broke this to join in with an opposition rally in Moscow.

But he never got to the protest, as police arrested him before he reached Manezh square, The Guardian said. 

2015

In January Navalny cut off the electronic tag given to him due to his house arrest, claiming that his sentencing for money laundering had been illegally brought forward, the BBC reported.

In February a Russian court ended his house arrest and upheld a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison term, Reuters said. 

2016

Russia's supreme court overturned Navalny's embezzlement conviction in relation to the money laundering case in November, but ordered investigations to continue into the claims.

This happened after the European Court of Human Rights said Navalny's rights were violated.

2017

Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement again in February, during a retrial of the Kirovles case.

Prosecutors are now asking for the man to be given a 500,000 rouble (£6,727) fine and a five-year suspended sentence, according to Sky News.

This conviction means he will not be eligible to run in the presidential election next year, which he had already started to raise funds for. But he argues the case was motivated by politics and still denies the accusations.