Udaltsov arrested on tip-off from Belarusian KGB
14:06, — Politics
(updated) Russia's opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov has been arrested after the questioning.
A criminal case over part 1 of article 30 and part 1 of article 212 (plotting mass riots) was opened against Udaltsov after an inquiry in connection with the evidence shown in the NTV documentary titled “ Anatomy of Protest 2”, lenta.ru news agency reports.
“Udaltsov has been detained for 48 hours. It means the arrest. I am going to the Investigative Committee just after voting on the law on education,” Fair Russia MP Illya Ponomarev twitted.
A message was later posted on Sergei Udaltsov's Twitter account: “Hold on and hype up. I'm gonna be arrested.”
There was information on Left Front's Twitter account that MP Illya Ponomarev's assistant Leonid Razvozhayev was detained.
Homes of Udaltsov, Lebedev and Razvozhayev, all accused by Russia's Investigative Committee of plotting riots in Russia, were raided today. The three were taken for questioning.
Russia's opposition leader Eduard Limonov suggested earlier that Udaltsov had been detained on a tip-off from the Belarusian KGB.
“It was found out that they met in Minsk. I earlier suggested that the meeting had been in Ukraine. It's very close, but not the same. I know well the KGB of the Republic of Belarus. I once was caught by them for a short time, in the 1990s. Can't say anything good. I am inclined to suppose that the Minsk KGB filmed the meeting of foreigners in its territory just in case and later sent the footage to their Moscow colleagues as a sign of friendship. The latter offered NTV to make a documentary,” Limonov wrote on his LJ blog.
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