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Russian opposition asks international organizations and western politicians for help

October 26, 2012, 15:53 UTC+3
The Investigative Committee plans to bring charges against Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov
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On Friday the Investigative Committee plans to bring charges against Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov accusing him of masterminding mass riots. Meanwhile, other Left Front activist Leonid Razvozzhayev refused to give himself up voluntarily saying that his acknowledgment of guilt was written under pressure and tortures. Meanwhile, opposition members addressed practically all international official institutions, western politicians and human rights activists requesting to interfere in this situation.

The NTV film Anatomy of Protest-2 that created the groundwork for charges showed that Udaltsov together with activists Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev plotted a coup d’etat due in the autumn of 2012. Their activities should have been financed by Georgian parliamentarian Givi Targamadze. Lebedev and Razvozzhayev were arrested, while Udaltsov was released on recognizance not to leave. The Left Front leader may face up to ten years in prison.

The row over recent kidnapping of Leonid Razvozzhayev in Kiev is reaching the international level. On Thursday the co-chair of the RPR-PARNAS party, Boris Nemtsov, handed out materials on tortures of Razvozzhayev to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, who is visiting the Russian capital.

Seeking protection from repressions after the Anatomy of Protest-2 film opposition activists applied to practically all international official authorities, western politicians and human rights activists, RBK-daily wrote. Europe says Razvozzhayev’s case will change the principle of financing of civil projects in Russia. Europeans are ready to apply “the African approach” to the country.

A member of the Left Front executive committee, Alexei Sakhnin, said his party plans to ask European socialists to exert pressure on their countries’ authorities and EU institutions making them initiate attempts to influence Russia. He said socialists from Belgium and France expressed their readiness to help and the list of sympathizing organizations from different countries continues to grow.

The leader of the Movement for Human Rights, Lev Ponomarev, told RBK-daily that he applied to the Amnesty International with a request to recognize Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev as prisoners of conscience.

On Thursday parliamentarian Ilya Ponomarev left for Europe to search protection for those persecuted. His aide Danila Lindele said on Thursday the parliamentarian arrived in Switzerland, where he planned to meet with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to discuss Ukraine’s role in Leonid Razvozzhayev’s case. Ponomarev also prepares an address to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon concerning actions of Russia’s law enforcement agencies and wants to meet the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

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