Monday, February 11, 2013

Russian Bloggers Boycott French Cosmetics Firm over Navalny Prosecution

Bloggers and activists launched a campaign to boycott French cosmetics producer Yves Rocher after the firm filed a complaint against a postal services company owned by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg. Dozens of people flocked to Yves Rocher Russia's Facebook page Wednesday and Thursday. They criticized or mocked the company for what they consider participation in political repression, and they pledged not to buy its products. Yves Rocher confirmed on Facebook in December that it had filed the complaint "in order to protect its economic interests." In December, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against the Navalny brothers, accusing them of committing fraud by providing postal delivery services at above-market prices. Novaya Gazeta posted scans of a complaint by Bruno Leproux, CEO of Yves Rocher's Russian unit, filed with the Investigative Committee against Glavnoye Podpisnoye Agentstvo. In response, the Investigative Committee accused the newspaper of committing a criminal offence by disclosing investigation secrets. (document)

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