August 15th, 2012

Navalny in English

The Enemy Of The State

If you wish to further investigate the case on “Timber theft by Navalny”, you can find many publications.

Four journalists, four different periodicals thoroughly examined all the documents and published the articles:

The Moscow Komsomolets:
The Deeper Into The Forest, The More Words Come Out

Sergey Bachinin, editor-in-chief of the Kirov region mainstream newspaper “The Vyatsky Observer”:
“... criminal intent is so easy to find! Or, How Navalny’s Case Was Fabricated Out Of Thin Air”

The Fontanka:
Navalny Didn’t Steal All The Timber, He Has Left A Bit

But the largest and most detailed one was the article in The New Times magazine. Its reporter spent a whole week in Kirov and interviewed a bear and an elk.

Well, as long as Russia’s justice system remains in one kind of turmoil or another, the main line of my defence is quite simple, and I suggest you check the matter for yourselves.
It’s quite easy. Moreover, my unfortunate “accomplice”, Mr Ofitserov, provides all his accounting records to any journalist.
I have no other way out but to unveil the shocking secrets of my illicit enrichment.

It looks like a cautionary tale.
It’s an open secret that drugs or a couple of bullets can be planted on anyone. But here we face the situation where they literally planted evidence of the embezzlement of 16 million roubles on me. They’re doing everything on a large scale.

The story is ordinary enough: a company supervised by an aquaintance of mine, purchased goods for 14.5 million roubles from a state-run firm, then sold the goods for 16 million. The difference was used to pay taxes and salaries. All transactions were recorded in the books. No cash-out transactions. A real office. Real staff. Real services. No dividends. No payoffs “for consulting services” somewhere in the Bahamas, nor any other ploys.

But then a Czech agent, Bastrykin, steps forth and says, “Navalny stole 16 million roubles”, and it's broadcast nationwide (which also supposedly demonstrates their lack of censorship: Look, we're showing Navalny on TV!).


All that rubbish could be easily debunked because bank postings verify what sums were transferred, and where. But the Investigative Committee doesn’t care for such details. They act in line with the joke: It makes no difference whether the guy is a robber or has been robbed – our task is to leave doubt in the public’s mind.

A small but very illustrative detail: the Federal Security Service [FSB] is engaged in the “Kirov case” investigation.
Last week the FSB investigators searched Ofitserov’s house.
On Friday, a Moscow investigator together with the FSB men seized documents from the Kirov Savings Bank (the Kirovles Co. has its account there).

At present the investigative group comprises four major case investigators.

Thus, I’m now a big shot - an organizer of a criminal community that’s threatening the security of the Russian Federation.

That's quite an accomplishment, don't you think?

Originally posted by navalny on Aug. 13th, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Navalny in English

On The Forthcoming Election Of The Coordination Council

Organizational work to prepare for an all-oppositional election is humming along. The election will take place without fail.

The Central Voting Committee has been formed. It organises elections so that they are: 1) general; 2) wide-scale; 3) absolutely clean.

The Committee is headed by Leonid Volkov leonwolf and comprises representatives of various political movements (national, liberal and left); representatives of the institutions that observe elections: the GOLOS, the Grazhdanin Nablyudatel, the SONAR, as well as various noted experts.

Among others, there's the Internet monster, Anton Nossik, and the Internet mega-monster, one of the Yandex’ founders, Ilya Segalovich. The fact that they’ve given their consent is a great success: their competency is unquestionable and their reputation assures us that they would never participate in a fraudulent project. Nevertheless, the voting scheme will undergo a public audit.

The complete list of the Central Election Committee, and answers to a lot of questions can be found here. A special-purpose website with all necessary information will be published soon.

My personal experience with the would-be participants (contenders) tells me that so far, everyone (or almost everyone) who can establish themselves as leaders, will take part in the election.

The weakest point for now is informing people. Everybody seems to have heard of the election, but nobody really understands what it is.

We’re sure to organise a large-scale information campaign to clarify everything; still, I’ve made an attempt to clear things up with several people in our office, and the guys from the Term project videoed it.

A 30 minute video here

A shorter, 5-minute version is here

Frankly speaking, I didn’t quite succeed in getting the idea across. Hopefully, you’ll be able to figure out what's what.

Besides, Volkov has held an opinion poll on his blog. The results are important, so I’m reposting it.

[Opinion poll]

Please vote.

Originally posted by navalny on Aug. 13th, 2012 at 3:13 PM