Russian anti-corruption fighter says office bugged

Aug 7, 2012
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Several hidden listening devices and a video camera were found in the Moscow office of Russian anti-corruption activist, blogger, and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, according to RIA Novosti. Navalny said in a blog post that devices were found after his friend and lawyer, Andrei Mishchenkov, thought to bring a bug detector to his office at RosPil, a nonprofit aimed at exposing corruption in Russian government.

Navalny and Mishchenkov also posted photos of the devices on their Twitter accounts. Navalny called the police, who he said also found a radio transmitter and a battery.

Navalny was recently charged with embezzling funds from a state-owned timber company in 2009 while serving as an adviser to the Kirov regional governor. He has been ordered not to leave Moscow and could face up to 10 years in prison. Navalny denies the charges, which his lawyer called an attempt at removing Navalny from the political scene.

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