Razvozzhaev retracts confession, claims it was tortured out of him
24.10.12 12:41 By News Dept.
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After being officially charged with "planning mass riots, opposition leader Leonid Razvozzhaev, assistant to MP Ilya Ponomarev, has recanted his plea, and confirmed that he had been kidnapped in Ukraine. He claimed psychological torture was used on him, reports Interfax citing a member of the Public Oversight Commission of the capital
According Borshchov, members of the POC who are allowed full access to prison isolation chambers managed to get to Razvozzhaev, despite opposition from prison officers.
"As far as we can understand from what Razvozzhaev said, there was torture, but he was not beaten, and as he was afraid of psychological torture, he was forced to give false testimony," said Borschov.
According Borshchov, Razvozzhaev said that he reject his own testimony and asked for a lawyer.
"He was given a state lawyer, but, as we understand it, Razvozzhaev believes that he[the lawyer] is working against him," said Borschov.
Borschov also said that Razvozzhaev confirmed that he had been kidnapped in Ukraine. "He said that four men dragged him into a van, bound hands and feet with tape and put I a hat so that he could not see anything ... Razvozzhaev thinks that he was kept for some time in the Bryansk region. He had not eaten for three days, he was not allowed to go to the toilet, they got what they wanted from him. This is what he said. We got the impression that he is telling the truth," Borschov said.
Earlier Tuesday, the Border Service of Ukraine said that on October 19 Leonid Razvozzhaev legally left Ukraine and while crossing the border, the guards did not hear any comments expressed.
The Investigative Committee claims that "Left Front" activist Razvozzhaev made a confession and testified against Sergei Udaltsov and other defendants for "preparing the riots." He is currently under arrest for two months.
Leonid Razvozzhaev is a defendant in a criminal case on planning riots in Russia, initiated after the film "Anatomy of a protest-2" was aired on NTV. The film declared that the leader of the "Left Front," Sergei Udaltsov, along with Razvozzhaev, Constantine Lebedev - an activist of the Russian socialist movement, and several other colleagues were going to make a coup d'etat using money from Georgian politicians and Russian businessmen living abroad.
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