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Lawyer for Pussy Riot Mark Feigin will defend Opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev

October 24, 2012, 12:21 UTC+3

He will visit his client at the Lefortovo remand prison later in the day

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MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) — Mark Feigin, a member of the group of lawyers for Pussy Riot, will defend Leonid Razvozzhayev, who has been arrested on charges of planning riots.

"I will be a lawyer of Leonid Razvozzhayev; his wife has signed the contract," Feigin said on Wednesday.

He said he would visit his client at the Lefortovo remand prison later in the day.

Earlier reports said lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky was ready to represent Razvozzhayev's interests. The investigators refused lawyer Violetta Volkova who defends other suspects in the case: Sergei Udaltsov and Konstantin Lebedev.

Feigin underlined that at present, he is Razvozzhayev's only lawyer under contract. "The position of the defence will be determined after I’ve talked with my client," he stated. In his opinion, there are several complex legal points in the case. He noted however that he had no doubts regarding Razvozzhayev's innocence.

Criminal proceedings over planning riots was opened against Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev and Ponomaryov's aide Leonid Razvozzhayev after the film showed a discussion of the possibility to stage riots in Moscow in a number of other provinces.

The investigators will also look into the information about possible preparation in Russia of acts of terror.

"If the information is found to be authentic, a legal assessment of actions by Udaltsov and his associates, including Georgian citizens, will follow," the SK said earlier.

Udaltsov is on recognizance, and Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev are under arrest. The latter had been on the wanted list. On October 21, he informed the SK about his decision to turn himself in, according to Markin.

Markin said Razvozzhayev had given details of the plans to stage riots that had been considered by Udaltsov and Lebedev and other persons, and reported their involvement in the Bolotnaya Square riots in Moscow on May 6.

It follows from Razvozzhayev's statement that the riots had been funded by Givi Targamadze, the SK spokesman said, adding that the SK would carefully check Razvozzhayev's statement.

The Left Front leader and lawmaker Ponomaryov have repeatedly stated that Udaltsov, Razvozzhayev and Lebedev had never planned mass disturbances.


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