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Russia, Central Asia, and The Caucasus Post-Soviet Russia and some neglected smaller neighbors.

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Russian Opposition Activist Seeks Political Asylum in Sweden – Report

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – A senior member of Russia’s Left Front opposition party who helped organize recent opposition rallies in Moscow has fled Russia to seek political asylum in Sweden, Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.


Alexei Sakhnin told the paper he left after learning he was to be arrested in the so-called Bolotnaya case, an investigation into a protest on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square last May that descended into violent skirmishes between police and protestors. Opposition leaders claim the investigation is designed to intimidate Kremlin critics.


Dozens of activists have reportedly fled Russia fearing they could be detained in connection with the case. Sakhnin said that he was likely to have been charged with inciting mass riots, a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison, Kommersant reported.

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