Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jailed Putin Foe Charged With Fur Hat Robbery

A Russian opposition activist, who is facing up to ten years over allegations that he conspired to organize mass disorder, was hit with additional charges on Wednesday when investigators accused him of an armed robbery dating from 1997. Leonid Razvozzhayev, an activist with the Left Front political movement, was charged with robbing a businessman of 500 fur hats and video cameras in the East Siberian city of Angarsk, Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. Razvozzhayev was charged in October with plotting to destabilize Russia in a bid to overthrow President Vladimir Putin. The charges were based on grainy, low-quality footage aired by the pro-Kremlin television channel NTV. Razvozzhayev made international headlines in October when he said he had been abducted by “masked men” after applying for political asylum in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. “The new accusations show how weak the case on the NTV footage charges is,” a Left Front member told RIA Novosti.

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