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Third criminal case opened against Opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev

December 04, 2012, 10:16 UTC+3

He is being charged for crossing illegally into Ukraine

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MOSCOW, December 4 (Itar-Tass) — The third criminal case was opened against aide to the State Duma deputy Leonid Razvozzhayev for illegal border transgression on October 15, 2012, spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“The main investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee opened a criminal case against Leonid Razvozzhayev. He is accused of illegal transgression of the Russian state border under Article 322 Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code,” he said.

“The detectives found that on October 15, 2012, Razvozzhayev, being aware about an inquiry against him over the facts laid down in the documentary Anatomy of Protest-2 and realizing that this inquiry can result in the opening of a criminal case against him, he decided to avoid criminal responsibility and escape from the Russian investigation bodies,” Markin noted. “Intending to mislead the law enforcement agencies, Razvozzhayev has bought a ticket for the train, which was bound for Kiev, and misusing the passport of his brother, transgressed the Russian state border without authentic documents, which could have granted the right to enter the country,” he remarked.

“Since this category of criminal case is not within jurisdiction of the Russian Investigation Committee, the Investigation Committee requested to the Prosecutor General’s Office to instruct the main investigation department to investigate this criminal case,” Markin added.

The Investigation Committee has earlier merged two other criminal cases against Razvozzhayev. “This is the criminal case against Razvozzhayev and other people in a bandit attack on the businessman that was committed in 1997 in Angarsk, and the criminal case against Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev, Konstantin Lebedev over masterminding massive disorders in Moscow and other Russian regions,” Markin remarked.

The criminal case over masterminding massive disorders was opened against Leonid Razvozzhayev, leader of the Left Front Sergei Udaltsov and his aide Konstantin Lebedev after the inquiry in the facts, which were showed in the film Anatomy of Protest-2. The detectives found that the film showed a meeting between the oppositionists and head of the Georgian parliamentary committee for defence and security Givi Targamadze and the talks about the masterminding of massive disorders in Russia with the foreign funding.

Under this criminal case Udaltsov was put on recognizance not to leave the city, Lebedev and Razvozzhayev were arrested. All three defendants faced the accusations and the term of up to five years in prison.

The second criminal case against Razvozzhayev was opened over the crime, which was committed in Angarsk in 1997. Then the investigation was not finalized.

According to the criminal case files, Razvozzhayev engaged in a conspiracy with unidentified criminals in order to commit a bandit attack and steal the property of the businessman, which was trading the fur hats. On December 4, 1997, he together with his accomplices broke in a flat of the businessman, tied him up with the duct tape, then beating him up and threatening with the weapons, they demanded he should give his valuables to them. According to the criminal case files, Razvozzhayev and his accomplices stole a video camera and 500 fur hats, inflicting 95 million of non-dominated roubles of damages to the latter.

The Investigation Committee noted that during the investigation back in 1997 Razvozzhayev was identified by the injured party as an attacker, who was beating the victim up and was threatening him with the gun.

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