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Court to consider Opposition’s activist appeal against arrest

November 07, 2012, 7:52 UTC+3

On October 21 Leonid Razvozzhayev turned himself in to the authorities but later he claimed that he had been kidnapped in Kiev and subjected to torturers for two days

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MOSCOW, November 7 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow City Court on Wednesday will consider the appeal against the arrest of Leonid Razvozzhayev, an aide to a State Duma lawmaker, behind closed doors.

"The court will review the appeal in camera," the Court's press service told Itar-Tass.

In his appeal, Razvozzhayev asked to overturn the resolution sanctioning his custody, as illegal and unsubstantiated.

Also on Wednesday, the Moscow City Court was expected to consider the appeal by Konstantin Lebedev, an aide to Left Front Coordinator Sergei Udaltsov. However, his lawyer said on Tuesday that the appeal had been revoked at his client's wish, who "does not believe that the Moscow City Court may overturn the decision by the city's Basmanny court."

Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev are suspects in the case over preparations to stage mass disturbances. Criminal proceedings were instituted over the facts shown in the Anatomy of Protest-2 film, which featured a scene where they were discussing the possibility to stage riots in Moscow and Russian regions.

The meeting, captured by a spycam, took place in Minsk, and involved chairman of the Georgian parliament's committee for defense and security Givi Targamadze, Georgia's consul in Moldova Mikhail Iashvili, their three aides, as well as Udaltsov, Lebedev and Razvozzhayev.

Udaltsov is on recognizance, and Lebedev and Razvozzhayev have been placed under arrest.

Razvozzhayev, who is an aide to lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov, was put on the federal wanted list. On October 21, he turned himself in to the authorities. He later claimed that he had been kidnapped in Kiev and subjected to torturers for two days.

Subsequent reports said Razvozzhayev had withdrawn his testimony and admission of guilt. The Investigative Committee underlined that it had sufficient evidence against Razvozzhayev without his testimony.

Udaltsov and Ponomaryov repeatedly denied the riot plans. None of the defendants pleaded guilty.

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