Oppositionist admits organizing riots and accepting foreign funds
22.10.12 16:02 By News Dept.
Leonid Razvozzhaev Photo: vk.com
The opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev, who claimed to have been kidnapped in Kiev, has been arrested, the Investigative Committee
The IC said that Razvozzhaev himself came to investigators and confessed that he, along with other opposition activists Sergey Udaltsov and Konstantin Lebedev, organized mass riots in Moscow. He added that Udaltsov and Lebedev co-organized mass opposition riot on May 6, 2012 on the Bolotnaya square in Moscow.
"On October 21 Razvozzhaev himself came to the Chief Investigative agency of Russia's Investoigative committee and reported about his willingness to give confession. He told in details about preparing mass riots on the territory of Russia by himself, Sergey Udaltsov, Konstantin Lebedev and others. He also said that these people are linked with the mass riots on the Bolotnaya square in Moscow which took place on May 6, 2012," writes the Investigative Committee.
The IC added that Razvozzhaev confirmed information that the riots in Moscow were financed by Givi Targamadze, the head of Georgia's parliamentary committee on security and defense.
"According to Razvozzhaev's testimony, it was Givi Targamadze who financed the riots," the IC reported.
On October 5, Kremlin-run NTV aired the second part of the scandalous anti-opposition film "Anatomy of protest." The authors of the film accused Russian opposition activists of preparing terror acts in Russia and treason. The authors of the film accused Sergey Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhaev and others of receiving money from Givi Targamadze, a fact that was denied by Udaltsov.
Sergey Udaltsov, Dmitry Gudkov, Ilya Ponomarev and other opposition activists claim that Razvozzhaev was tortured to confess. The same thought was expressed by Razvozzhaev's lawyer Violetta Volkova.
"Today I spoke with Ponomarev, he said that he was tortured to confess. One can only guess what they did to him, the man who went through all rallies, the man who has stood at the beginning of the protest movement in Russia," Dmitry Gudkov said in a statement.
He added that there is an Internet video in which Razvozzhaev claims that he was tortured in Kiev where he was detained. A video was published on the lifenews.ru website which showed Razvozzhayev being taken away from a court on Sunday after the court sanctioned his arrest. Razvozzhayev shouted to reporters: "Tell everyone that they tortured me. For two days. They smuggled me in from Ukraine."
Sergey Udaltsov once again denied the information reported by the Investigative Commitee that the "March of the millions" on May 6 was financed by Georgia.
"The statement by the Investigative committee is either disinformation, or they forced Razvozzhaev to testify," he said.
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