Court dismisses complaint over failure to investigate abduction of Razvozzhaev

2 April 2013 

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Moscow’s Basmanny district court has dismissed a complaint made by opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev over the refusal of the Investigative Committee to launch a criminal investigation into his abduction in Kiev, reports, citing RIA Novosti. The court did not find any evidence for the arguments made by Razvozzhaev’s lawyer, Dmitry Arganovsky. 

The State Border Service of Ukraine disclosed that Razvozzhaev entered the country of his own will on 16 October and left on 19 October 2012. According to the investigative authorities, Razvozzhaev initially wanted to hide from them, but then voluntarily appeared at the Investigative Committee and gave a written testimony in which he admitted his guilt. Razvozzhaev claims that he was kidnapped by Russian Security Services right outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kiev, where he was seeking to claim political asylum.

Leonid Razvozzhaev is accused of planning mass riots in Russia. The charges were based on frames from the documentary film “Anatomy of a Protest 2”, in which people resembling Razvozzhaev and Sergei Udaltsov are seen conspiring with Georgian politician Givi Targamadze to organize mass riots and to support for the Russian political opposition. Later, the case was combined with charges of “mass riots” on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. Clashes between the police and protestors on the eve of the inauguration of President Putin.

Apart from these charges, Razvozzhaev is accused of illegally crossing the border and of making false allegations about torture to which he claims to have been subjected.