Udaltsov to stand his ground
MOSCOW, October 24 - RAPSI. Left Front movement coordinator Sergei Udaltsov is in constant touch with his defense team and rumors that he is going to hide from investigators are groundless, Violetta Volkova, the oppositionist's attorney told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Kommersant daily reported that Udaltsov may flee the country before Friday, the day he is set to be charged. The newspaper claimed that his wife and children are in Ukraine.
"On Friday, Sergei and I are going to the Investigative Committee. Its very likely that there will be new charges brought against him which may be punishable by imprisonment," said Violetta Volkova.
Udaltsov is currently under his own recognizance.
Udaltsov and his assistant Konstantin Lebedev have been questioned as suspects in the case on organizing mass riots, which was initiated following the investigation into the facts portrayed in "The Anatomy of Protest-2", a film recently broadcasted on NTV channel. Udaltsov was released under his own recognizance, while Lebedev was first detained for 48 hours and then put into custody.
On October 19, the Russian Investigative Committee placed Leonid Razvozzhayev, assistant of State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev, on the federal wanted list. He is charged with organizing mass riots together with Udaltsov and Lebedev. In Kiev, Razvozzhayev had just submitted an application for political asylum to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). After leaving the office, he was kidnapped by an unidentified individual.
Ponomarev has said that a Moscow court has placed Razvozzhayev under arrest for two months. Charges were brought against him as well.
The Left Front was described by Russia Profile as “a loose confederation of radical leftist groups… The Left Front unites a number of ultra-leftist organizations, whose views would be considered extremist in Western Europe and in the United States.” The report claimed that the Left Front’s 2008 inaugural congress was attended by representatives of Russia’s Communist Party, as well as a number of communist and anarchist fringe groups.