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Navalny's House Arrest Extended By Six Months

Aleksei Navalny
A Moscow court has extended the house arrest of Russian anticorruption blogger and opposition figure Aleksei Navalny by six months.

Investigators had asked the judge at the April 24 hearing in a Moscow district court to send Navalny to pretrial detention.

Navalny and his brother, Oleg, are on trial on charges of defrauding two companies who were clients of a freight-transportation company the two men owned.

According to an April 22 post on Navalny's blog, however, one of those companies -- cosmetics giant Yves Rocher -- has written to prosecutors to say that it was not defrauded and had not incurred any damages.

Navalny, who was already under two months of house arrest in connection with a different case, says he has been denied access to the Internet in an effort by prosecutors to prevent him from publicizing the Yves Roche letter.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax