The Moscow Basmanny Court has ordered to put opposition activist Alexei Navalny under house arrest.

A court ruling to this effect was read on Friday, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The defense lawyers for Navalny said they will file an appeal. "It follows from the court decision that the judge has expanded the restrictions at the investigators' request. A restriction on comments on the investigation into this criminal case has been added. It goes beyond the framework of the Code of Criminal Procedure. This decree will be contested and, as we hope, will be reversed," Olga Mikhailova, a lawyer for Interfax, said.

The Moscow Tverskoi District Court gave Alexei Navalny an administrative punishment in the form of seven days of arrest on February 25 for resisting police during an unauthorized rally in support of the people convicted in the Bolotnaya protest case.

On February 26, the Investigations Committee said it is requesting that Navalny be put under house arrest. "The Main Investigations Department of the Investigations Committee has established numerous violations by defendant Alexei Navalny of the measure of restraint chosen in the criminal case involving the theft of funds and money laundering," the press service for the Investigations Committee told Interfax.

Navalny already has a suspended sentence in the "Kirovles case." On July 18, the Kirov Leninsky Court sentenced him to five years in prison for stealing from Kirovles. He was taken into custody in the courtroom, but was released the next day after he gave his written undertaking not to leave the city. On October 16, the Kirov region's court changed the sentence, replacing Navalny's jail sentence with a suspended sentence.

Navalny and his brother are also involved in the so-called Yves Rocher case. On October 29, they were formally charged with stealing over 26 million rubles from the company Yves Rocher Vostok and over 4 million rubles the company Multi-profile Processing Company (a crime enshrined by Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) and money laundering amounting to over 21 million rubles (Article 174.1 of the Russian Criminal Code). The Basmanny District Court seized Navalny's property on November 12.

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