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Moscow City Court to review legality of house arrest extension for Sergei Udaltsov

April 29, 2013, 10:44 UTC+3

The Bolotnaya Square case was opened after the events of May 6, 2012

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MOSCOW, April 29 (Itar-Tass) - The Moscow City Court on Monday will consider the legality of the extension until August 6 of the house arrest term for leader of the Left Front movement Sergei Udaltsov who is defendant in the case of the preparation of mass riots in Russia.

Udaltsov is stating in his apartment in Zatonskaya Street, he is not allowed to leave it, to communicate with anyone other than lawyers and close relatives, to use any communications means, including telephone and the Internet.

The Left Front leader is charged in the case of mass disorders and use of violence against representatives of the authorities in Bolotnaya Square, as well as in the case of the preparations for the organisation of mass unrest in Russia. The latter was discovered after the film “Anatomy of a Protest-2” was shown on television in which Udaltsov and his aides are discussing with the head of the Georgian Parliament’s Committee on Defence and Security, Givi Targamadze, issues related to the preparation of mass riots and their funding from abroad.

The Bolotnaya Square case was opened after the events of May 6, 2012, when an opposition rally in Bolotnaya Square allowed by the authority grew into clashes with the police and rioting. More than 400 people were detained on that day for wrongful acts, about 30 police officers and several dozen other people were injured.

Targamadze was arrested in absentia by the Basmanny Court of Moscow and put on the international wanted list. Udaltsov’s aide Leonid Razvozzhaev is in a detention centre, another participant in the meeting with Targamadze - Konstantin Lebedev, has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. According to the investigation, “Lebedev, together with Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Givi Targamadze, on May 6, 2012, with the view of encroaching upon the principles of security and stability of the society and unsettling the socio-political situation in the Russian Federation, organised mass disturbances in Bolotnaya Square, accompanied by violence against government representatives and destruction of property.”

Continuing their illegal activity in 2012, the accomplices planned further riots in Russia. To this end, they set up the so-called training camps in various Russian regions, including Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Kazan and Lithuania, recruited participants in mass disturbances, and engaged in organization and preparation activities which later were stopped by law-enforcement personnel.

It follows from the indictment that Lebedev, Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev had received remuneration from Georgian politician Targamadze for planning and preparing riots in Russia.

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