Court upholds decision to prolong detention of Leonid Razvozzhaev

posted 4 Nov 2013, 05:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Nov 2013, 05:20 ]
31 October 2013 

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On 30th October Moscow City Court upheld a decision to extend the pre-trial detention of Leonid Razvozzhaev until 6th February 2014, in connection with the investigation into the events that took place on Boloynaya Square on 6th May last year, Razvozzhaev’s lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky announced on Twitter.

Moscow City Court had prolonged Razvozzhaev’s detention until 11th October. Before that, the Basmanny district court had also extended his detention several times, which means that Razvozzhaev has already been in custody for over a year. According to his lawyer, Moscow City Court found the judge’s decision to expel the Bolotnoe case suspect from the courtroom, and to prolong his detention in his absence, to be unlawful. Agranovsky points out that such actions are explicitly forbidden under Article 109, Section 12 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

As the site Russkaya planeta reports, the criminal case against opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev, and Razvozzhaev, who has been a Left Front activist and aide to State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev, was initiated on 17th October last year under Articles 30 and 212 of the Russian Criminal Code (preparations to organise riots).

According to the investigation, Razvozzhaev travelled to Kiev after proceedings against him were initiated, but then had second thoughts, and returned to Russia using somebody else’s documents, and wrote a full confession. According to Razvozzhaev, he was seized by officers of the Russian security services, and gave a confession allegedly under torture.

The investigation into the case against Udaltsov and Razvozzhaev for organising riots was completed on 21st June, and the final charges against them were announced. Lebedev had earlier pleaded guilty and made a plea bargain with the investigation. His case was heard under a special procedure, and he was sentenced to a term of two and a half years at a standard regime penal colony.

Translated by Catriona Gilham