MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti)
The Russian Investigative Committee has put Leonid Razvozzhayev, an ally to prominent opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov, on the federal wanted list, the committee’s spokesman said on Friday.
“Razvozzhayev, whose whereabouts are unknown, has been put on the wanted list,” spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
The Investigative Committee pressed charges of planning an anti-Kremlin coup against Udaltsov and his allies Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev.
Meanwhile, Razvozzhayev wrote in his blog on Friday that he had been questioned by the Investigative Committee and then left Moscow.
“No one knows where I am, even my close friends,” he wrote. “I can live in extreme conditions for a long while. I am not going to play by their rules.
A Moscow district court authorized on Thursday the two-month arrest of Lebedev while Udaltsov was allowed to stay at large after questioning on Wednesday.
The three face up to 10 years in prison on charges of conspiring to organize mass disorder.
The charges are based on Anatomy of a Protest 2, the second installment of a documentary on the Russian opposition aired by NTV, a privately-owned but fiercely pro-Kremlin television channel.
The film, aired on October 5, claims that Udaltsov and his supporters planned to stage mass riots and a coup using funding from the Georgian leadership, which is at odds with the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The documentary comes complete with footage of Udaltsov’s alleged meeting with a Georgian representative to discuss plans for the rebellion. NTV said on Thursday the video was handed to the channel’s correspondent in the street by a Georgian national who walked away without identifying himself.
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