Russian opposition activist put under house arrest

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 00:00 hrs

Moscow, Feb 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Moscow court has ruled to release opposition activist Konstantin Lebedev and place him under house arrest instead.

Leftist activist Lebedev, in custody since October, will remain under house arrest at least until April 6.

The Russian Investigative Committee, which asked to have Lebedev placed under house arrest, said it was an "adequate measure of restraint" given that Lebedev resides in Moscow.

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, together with Lebedev and another activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, currently being held at a prison in Irkutsk, face charges of inciting mass disorder after an opposition rally in Moscow in May 2012.

The rally ended in violent clashes between protesters and police.

Investigators say the clashes were organised by the three leaders during a meeting last year with Givi Targamadze, a Georgian politician. All three deny the charges.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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