Lawyer asks Ombudsman to return Razvozzhaev to Moscow

30 January 2013 

Source: (info)
Ruslan Chanidze, the lawyer acting for Leonid Razvozzhaev, has lodged a complaint with the federal human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin. Ruslan Chanidze asks that measures be taken to immediately move his client Leonid Razvozzhaev to Moscow. 

Chanidze believes that keeping Razvozzhaev in the hospital of the Irkutsk Pre-Trial Detention Centre No. 1 is in fact a form of detention. The lawyer is also concerned that in Irkutsk pressure may be exerted upon Razvozzhaev, writes Kasparov.Ru correspondent, Tivur Shaginurov.

“At this moment there are no grounds to hold Razvozzhaev in Irkutsk, as all the legal proceedings against him were instituted and conducted by the Investigative Committee in Moscow” Chanidze told Kasparov.Ru.

Chanidze also reported that a large number of chronic illnesses mean that Razvozzhaev should no longer be kept in pre-trial detention. Chanidze describes his client’s condition on the whole as satisfactory.

In the autumn of 2012, the Investigative Committee instituted legal proceedings against Leonid Razvozzhaev, Sergei Udaltsov and Constantin Lebedev, charging them with organising mass disturbances on Bolotnaya Square on 6th May 2012. Leonid Razvozzhaev retracted an earlier admission of guilt, on the grounds he had made it under duress.

On 21st November 2012 Razvozzhaev, who was being held in a pre-trial detention centre, was charged with illegally crossing the state border and with robbery. In order to investigate this matter, he was transported to Irkutsk region. On 24th January, after complaining of feeling unwell during a court hearing in which he took part via video link, Razvozzhaev was taken to the hospital of the detention centre. Razvozzhaev himself, through lawyers, has repeatedly refused medical treatment and has expressed his desire to return to the Moscow pre-trial detention centre.