Release of jailed activist Razvozzhayev to be considered on Nov. 7
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MOSCOW, October 26 - RAPSI. On November 7, the Moscow City Court will consider a motion to release 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, Anna Stavitskaya told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Friday.
On Friday, another Razvozzhayev attorney, Mark Feygin told RAPSI that he filed charges with the Investigative Committee in an effort to initiate a criminal case to investigate the supposed kidnapping of Razvozzhayev in Ukraine on October 18, 2012.
The attorney also plans to file a lawsuit against the makers of the film, "Anatomy of Protest 2," and NTV, a channel owned by the state-run Gazprom.
On October 19, the Russian Investigative Committee placed Razvozzhayev on the federal wanted list. He was charged with organizing public unrest together with Left Front movement coordinator, Sergei Udaltsov, and his assistant, Konstantin Lebedev. The case against them was initiated after the film, "Anatomy of Protest 2," was shown on NTV.
While in Kiev, Razvozzhayev applied for political asylum with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He mysteriously disappeared shortly after leaving the UNHCR office, and ended up in Russian police custody.
The Investigative Committee later reported that Razvozzhayev came to them of his own accord and said that he wanted to confess. Razvozzhayev then allegedly 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 in Moscow.