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Russian opposition leader finds bug in his office

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Aug. 6, 2012, 5:47 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny leaves the offices of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Russia's top investigative agency says it has opened a new criminal probe against opposition leader Alexei Navalny on allegations of theft. The 36-year-old corruption-fighting lawyer and popular blogger has played a key role in rallying Russia's young Internet generation against Vladimir Putin's rule.
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MOSCOW — Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has discovered a listening device in his office in central Moscow. 

Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics and a driving force behind last winter's mass protests, posted a photo of the listening device on his Twitter on Monday.

Police officers were working at Navalny's offices to investigate how the device got planted there.

The 36-year-old anti-corruption activist was charged last month with theft for allegedly organizing a plan to steal about $500,000 in assets from a state timber company. He was ordered to remain in Moscow as authorities investigate him. Navalny has denied the charges. 

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