New criminal case opened against Razvozzhayev

The Russian Investigations Committee has opened a new criminal case against opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, who is now accused of false report of a crime, Vladimir Markin from the Investigations Committee told Interfax.

"Leonid Razvozzhayev said in the Basmanny Court in December and in Angarsk in January that he had been tortured by an investigator from the Investigations Committee," Markin said.

Left Front activist Razvozzhayev is a suspect in three criminal cases. He is accused of preparing to organize mass unrest and assault (the incident took place 15 years ago in Angarsk, but the investigation was never completed).

On December 4, the Investigations Committee opened a criminal case against Razvozzhayev, accusing him of illegal border crossing. According to the investigators, Razvozzhayev knew about the probe into the documentary "Anatomy of Protest-2" and decided to hide from the investigators on Oct. 15.

In the meantime, Razvozzhayev says he was abducted in Ukraine, was forcibly taken to Russia, and was tortured.

Razvozzhayev's request for a criminal case to be opened on the basis of his abduction and torture was declined.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of Razvozzhayev, Ruslan Chanidze, said their client has gone missing.

"Leonid Razvozzhayev went missing again after writing a statement on the closure of the criminal case involving assault and the departure by his two lawyers and wife for Moscow. Razvozzhayev is not in Irkutsk's Detention Facility № 1. Local lawyers and human rights activists were told he was sent to a detention facility in Angarsk," Chanidzesaid on Twitter on Friday.

The lawyer said the Angarsk detention facility had told them they are not expecting Razvozzhayev and he has not been taken to the detention facility.

Investigative actions were taken on Razvozzhayev on Thursday in Detention Facility № 1. His two lawyers, wife, and an investigator from Moscow had arrived in Irkutsk.
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