Navalny fined for “crooks and thieves” comments

The Moscow Times is reporting that a Moscow court has ordered prominent opposition activist Alexei Navalny to pay a United Russia State Duma deputy 30,000 rubles ($896) for comments he made about party members in the Russian version of Esquire magazine.

Russian anti-corruption attorney Alexi Navalny.

Court spokesperson Maria Balakshina said United Russia deputy Vladimir Svirid’s request to force Navalny to denounce his previous statement and give monetary compensation for moral harm had been partially fulfilled with the court order Monday, Rapsi reported.

“In United Russia, there are people I come across that I generally like. But if you have joined United Russia, you are still a thief. And if you are not a thief, then you are a crook, because you use your name to cover the rest of the thieves and crooks,” Navalny wrote.

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