Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Russian Oppositionist Alleges Abduction, Torture

Leonid Razvozzhayev, an oppsition State Duma deputy aide, who vanished in Ukraine when he attempted to obtain refugee status, is in a solitary confinment in a Moscow prison and is not allowed to see his attorney. However, members of a rights committee managed to meet Razvozzhayev. He told them he was kidnapped from Ukraine and brought to Russia by unidentified men who tortured him for two days to obtain his confession to plotting mass riots, then handed him over to investigators. Meanwhile Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s federal Investigative Committee, has said that Razvozzhayev turned himself in and was in his “right mind” when he signed a lengthy confession. Russian authorities have accused Razvozzhayev and other opposition leaders of plotting mass riots and of seeking financing from Georgia to help topple the government of President Vladimir Putin, based on a documentary that was shown on the pro-Kremlin NTV channel this month. (video)

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