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Court Rejects Prosecutors's Demand To Arrest Navalny

A court in Moscow has rejected a prosecutor's demand to place Russia's outspoken opposition blogger Aleksei Navalny into pretrial detention.

The court started preliminary hearings into a case against Navalny and his brother Oleg on August 1.

The prosecution asked the court to incarcerate Navalny, saying that he had violated his house arrest conditions by using the Internet.

Navalny wrote on Twitter that he used the Internet to post some documents related to the case.

The Navalny brothers face charges of stealing and laundering $760,000 from French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.

Navalny has been under house arrest since February and banned from using the Internet.

The case is one of several targeting Navalny, who is already serving a five-year suspended sentence on a separate 2013 theft charge.

He denies any wrongdoing, saying all probes against him are politically motivated.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS