Jailed oppositionist Razvozzhayev denies purported police confession
MOSCOW, October 26 - RAPSI. Jailed oppositionist Leonid Razvozzhayev, an aide to lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev and one of several whose arrest was sought in the aftermath of a controversial anti-opposition documentary that accused key activists of plotting a coup, has repudiated all statements attributed to him since October 18, including his purported acknowledgement of guilt, his attorney Mark Feygin told RAPSI on Thursday.
He added that Razvozzhayev's defense was also planning to file a statement on his kidnapping to the Investigative Committee.
Additionally, the defense is going to file a request urging investigators to question Razvozzhayev again and to reexamine the material presented in "Anatomy of Protest-2," a contentious film broadcasted by NTV, a channel owned by state-run gas giant Gazprom.
"While I was not allowed to speak with my client, the investigators tried to interrogate him, but he refused to testify citing Article 51 of the Constitution," Feygin said.
The lawyer added that they have agreed with the administration of the ward where Razvozzhayev is being kept that his new statements will be submitted to the Investigative Committee on Friday. "If this does not happen, I will submit the papers myself," Feygin said.
On October 19, the Russian Investigative Committee placed Razvozzhayev on the federal wanted list. He was charged with organizing mass riots together with Left Front movement coordinator Sergei Udaltsov and his aide Konstantin Lebedev. The case against them was initiated after the film, "Anatomy of Protest-2," was shown on the NTV channel.
In Kiev, Razvozzhayev submitted an application for political asylum to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He disappeared mysteriously after leaving the UNHCR office, and ended up in Russian police custody shortly thereafter.
The Investigative Committee later reported that Razvozzhayev came to them of his own accord and said that he wanted to file an acknowledgment of guilt. Razvozzhayev described the circumstances surrounding the riots, as well as Sergei Udaltsov's, Konstantin Lebedev's, and other individuals' involvement in organizing the protests on May 6 on Bolotnaya Square.