Defence counsel of Leonid Razvozzhaev appeals against the refusal of Investigative Committee to investigate his kidnapping

14 January 2013 

Source: (info)
The lawyer of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev has appealed against the refusal to investigate his abduction in Ukraine to the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation and the Head of the Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin.

According to Razvozzhaev's defence counsel, Dmitry Agranovsky, the defence will apply for the decision to refuse to investigate to be recognised as unlawful, its annulment and a fresh investigation into Razvozzhaev's kidnapping, Rosbalt reports.

On 22nd November 2012, the results of the investigation into media reports and information supplied by Razvozzhaev about his kidnapping and torture were publicised. As the Investigative Committee noted, the testimony of a range of witnesses questioned shows irrevocably the unreliable nature of media reports and statements by Razvozzhaev concerning his kidnapping and torture. Razvozzhaev's voluntary entry into Russia on 19th October 2012, when he was allegedly abducted, is confirmed by the immigration service stamp in his international passport. A medical examination, performed immediately after the detention of Razvozhaev, did not discover any signs of physical coercion.

Furthermore, Razvozhaev's illegal crossing of the Russian Federation's border was confirmed during the investigation. The opposition activist stated to investigators that on 16 October he had crossed the border using his brother's passport.