Russian activist gets charged with fraud

Russian human rights activist has been placed in pretrial detention by Moscow court under suspicion of fraud

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Deputy Head of the Committee for Civil Rights, Andrei Mayakov was detained by Russian authorities and is facing fraud charges.

The Russian court has decided to place the activist under pretrial detention. According to the investigation, Mayakov has allegedly accepted bribes in the amount of at least 900,000 rubles ($13,700) from a defendant in a criminal case, promising he would sway the prosecutors to rule in favor of an acquittal.

"Mayakov did not have acquaintances in the given subdivision of the prosecutor's office nor any other ways of influencing the procedural decision in a criminal case," Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Thursday.

"He intended to pot the money he had received illegally," he added.

AFP cited a Russian investigator, whose name can not be revealed, as saying "Some use the noble notion of human rights for their selfish interests and, based on the recent cases, this so-called 'business' is becoming increasingly criminal."

Markin claimed on Twitter that Mayakov will be kept in detention until November 16, adding that Mayakov has been tried on similar charges three times in the past.

However, some critics believe that the case is not accurate or real.

"I have no doubt that this is some kind of provocation," opposition leader Aleksei Navalny wrote on Twitter.

TRTWorld and agencies