U.S. "concerned" over situation with Russian oppositionists
26.10.12 11:48 By News Dept.
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The United States has expressed concern over the situation around Leonid Razvozzhaev and other opposition activists in Russia, the State Department representative Victoria Nuland said on Thursday.
"We read reports about how opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev disappeared in Ukraine and how he was then arrested in Russia. We are quite concerned about allegations that he was forced to confess and that he may have been subjected to torture", said Nuland.
"We are concerned about this arrest and the arrests and actions against other activists who protested on May 6, including Alexey Navalny, Sergey Udaltsov, Konstantin Lebedev and now Razvozzhaev, too," she added.
Russia's Foreign ministry said that the attempts made by the US to blame Russia for violating the International Convention against torture "have no proof and are hypocritical."
Leonid Razvozzhaev was chased by Russian investigators as he was suspected of plotting mass riots in Russia. He then went to Ukraine to ask for political asylum. However, as Razvozzhaev claims, he was kidnapped by people wearing masks last Friday and was taken back to Russia where he was "tortured into signing a confession" in which he admitted plotting riots along with some other opposition activists including Sergey Udaltsov and Konstantin Lebedev.
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