Criminal Case Opened into Bugging of Navalny’s Office

26 October 2012 

Source: (info)

An Investigator has ruled that a criminal investigation be opened into the discovery of eavesdropping devices in the office of opposition activist Aleksei Navalny. On Thursday 25 October, Navalny posted on the LiveJournal website a copy of the order instituting proceedings. The decision is dated 24 September. 

According to the document, audio and video devices were installed in Navalny’s office without his knowledge, and were found on 6 August 2012. The investigator regarded the installation of these devices as an offence under section 1 of Article 137 of the Criminal Code ("violation of privacy"). reportS that the investigator ordered that an investigation be opened into the case. 

Navalny is regarded as the injured party. The member of the opposition is also considered to have suffered moral harm, as noted in the document also published on LiveJournal. 

The seized devices have been brought in for an technical examination at the Criminology Institute of the Centre for Special Technology of the FSB of the Russian Federation.

Bugging devices installed in the office of Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation were found on 6 August 2012. They were found thanks to a special device for finding "bugs" which Andrei Mishenkov, a lawyer from the Rospil project brought into Navalny’s office. Navalny then called in the police.