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MOSCOW, December 16 (Itar-Tass) —— The preliminary investigation was completed in the second criminal case against retired colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate Vladimir Kvachkov, who is accused of an attempt at staging an armed mutiny, a source close to the investigation told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“The preliminary investigation was completed in the criminal case. Kvachkov was charged with an attempt at staging an armed mutiny and the recruitment or inciting people for terrorist activities,” the source said.
Kvachkov’s lawyer Alexei Pershin confirmed to Itar-Tass that “today the lawyer was summoned at 2 p.m. Moscow time in the investigation department of the Federal Security Service, where he should report officially about the end to the preliminary investigation.”
The retired colonel claimed that he was arrested on the testimony of the regional chief of the People’s Militia organization that he headed. He elaborated that the chief of the Togliatti office of the organization was arrested in the summer of 2010. After ten days of arrest he gave the confessing testimony that substantiated the charges brought against the retired colonel.
“According to the available documents, a person in Togliatti dispatched two groups armed with crossbows in the forest to launch an armed mutiny,” Kvachkov said. He believes that the testimony of the detainees was distorted to find the People’s Militia and the Militia of Minin and Pozharsky as terrorist organizations. “No proved facts were found in the criminal case,” he claimed earlier.
Kvachkov is the main defendant in the criminal case over the attempt on the life of the then RAO UES of Russia CEO Anatoly Chubais. However, on the jury verdict other defendants were fully acquitted in 2010.