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Court Denies Appeal To Investigate Russian Activist's Alleged Abduction

Jailed Russian opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev (right) in a Moscow court earlier this year.
MOSCOW -- The Moscow City Court has upheld a prior court's decision not to investigate the alleged kidnapping of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev.

The ruling was announced on May 20. Razvozzhayev, who is under investigation for his alleged role in organizing violent protests in Moscow last year, insists that authorities abducted him from Ukraine last October, brought him back to Russia, and used torture to force him to confess.

Investigators say that Razvozzhayev used his brother's travel documents to leave Russia for Ukraine in mid-October and later returned to Moscow by taxi.

Razvozzhayev is in pretrial detention. He is charged with being among the organizers of violent demonstrations last May on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square, making a false crime report, making false accusations, and armed robbery in connection with a 15-year-old incident.