Opposition aide implicated in coup plot withdraws arrest appeal
MOSCOW, November 7 - RAPSI. Konstantin Lebedev, aide of Left Front movement coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, has withdrawn the appeal challenging his detention, attorney Violetta Volkova told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Tuesday.
"Lebedev took this action because he does not believe in the court's fairness. Since it is the clients wish, my colleague who submitted the appeal, has withdrawn it," Volkova said. The organization of mass riots case initiated against leftist leader Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev, and Leonid Razvozzhayev, aide to oppositionist Duma lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov, after the TV premiere of the documentary film, "Anatomy of Protest 2." Udaltsov faces four to ten years in prison. The suspects' homes have been searched.
Lebedev is a defendant in the case on mass riots. He had flown largely under the radar, however, until the Investigative Committee took a close look into the activities of Udaltsov, Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev after the anti-opposition "Anatomy of Protest-2" documentary was broadcast by NTV.
The filmmakers of the documentary shown on NTV, a channel owned by state-run Gazprom, claim the opposition is preparing a coup using funds from abroad. The film shows Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Georgia's then- Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee head Givi Targamadze, who is said to be experienced in planning the "color" revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as mass riots in Belarus.