Russian opposition activist allegedly detained in Kyiv
Leonid Razvozzhayev, a member of the Left Front party whom Russian authorities have declared wanted on suspicion of preparing mass disturbances across the country, has been detained by unidentified people in Kyiv, as was announced at an opposition rally on Trubnaya Square in Moscow on Saturday.
"Leonid Razvozzhayev, a candidate for the Opposition Coordination Committee, was seized last night by people in black and put into a car near the office for refugees' affairs in Kyiv while he was making inquiries about the possibility of receiving political asylum," the chairperson of the Saturday rally in Moscow announced from the stage.
The office for refugees' affairs has asked for investigating the incident, she said.
"He [Razvozzhayev] is not returning calls now, and some information indicates that he has been abducted," she said.
However, Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov expresses doubt that the information that Razvozzhayev was arrested was true. "It's here that I learned about this, but if it's true, this criminal action assumes an international scale," he said.
Russia's Investigative Committee launched proceedings on Oct. 17 against Udaltsov, his assistant Konstantin Lebedev and Razvozzhayev, who is an aide to State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov, accusing them of plotting mass riots.
The proceedings followed investigations into allegations in the film "Anatoly of Protest 2," shown by Russia's NTV television on Oct. 5.
The day the proceedings against them officially started, Udaltsov and Lebedev were interrogated at the Investigative Committee and had their apartments searched by detectives.
Udaltsov was released with travel restrictions, but Lebedev was put under 48 hours' arrest and the next day had his term of detention extended by court order until Dec. 16 as sought by investigators.
Investigators were unable to find Razvozzhayev, however, the Committee said.
Udaltsov and Lebedev said during the interrogation that they had nothing to do with the riots they were blamed for but confirmed that they had meetings in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in summer this year with nationals of Georgia.
Udaltsov called the proceedings against him a political move.
Razvozzhayev was put on Russia's national wanted list, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on August 19.