Russia opposition leaders detained

2012-10-27 21:09

Moscow - Russian opposition leaders have been detained while protesting what they say is the torture of a fellow activist.

Investigators earlier this week said that Leonid Razvozzhayev had turned himself in and confessed to plotting riots. But days later the activist disavowed his confession and filed a complaint over what he said was his abduction from Ukraine.

Rights activists who visited him in jail say he had been tortured into confessing.

Police on Saturday detained Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov and Ilya Yashin as they were standing outside the Russian former intelligence and former KGB headquarters, protesting "torture and repression".

The three men were among hundreds of people gathered in central Moscow to protest an increasingly relentless crackdown on the opposition in Russia.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-27 21:15

    They are operating on Mugabes political manual.

  • badladballie - 2012-10-27 21:32

    South Africa is not ideal but the human rights enshrined in our constitution come pretty close to being perfect. We should be very proud of that. It must be terrible living in Russia.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-27 22:27

    Western spin is once again disgustingly pointed at Russia,trying its best to discredit5 a stable and well supported political system.The West should rather look to its own political mishandling of average people like private Manning who only wants to serve his conscience and has been treated like a common criminal,before they deflect the growing protest of their own political system.In time the world will see draconian measures to try to silence many more such people who only want justice and to exercise their political rights they are supposed to enjoy!This double standards will no longer be tolerated in a world where people will judge for themselves who is the bad guy and who is the good guy!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-28 02:48

      Yeah right. Everyone knows Russia under Putin is neo-Soviet. On another delusiobal note, do you still believe the existence of Al-Quaida is fabricated by the US to destabilize the stable Middle East?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-28 05:38

      Dankie, ""This double standards will no longer be tolerated ............"" Maybe, for starters , it should no longer be tolerated, the kind of BS tha YOU talk !!!!

  • Sizwe P Zungu - 2012-10-27 22:36

    Seems russia hasn't changed much but i guess its difficult to quit a habit that culture previously allowed for so long.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-27 23:13

    This is the communist way... don't vote ANC come 2014

  • dylan.sciarappa - 2012-10-28 01:38

    Typical western hypocritical media propaganda. So quick to demonize the so called bad guy!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-28 02:49

      Do you still believe the US attacked itself on 9/11?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-29 02:39

      Patrick, you're still being stubborn. Syria is a sovereign state with an illegitimate government. 166 of the countries on Earth have said this in the UN General Assembly. Only 12 opposed the notion. This has been said to you many times by many people.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-28 07:04

    Putin is a dictatorial p*es!!

  • Mark - 2012-10-28 09:58

    The cold war returneth.

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